Mission Assurance

The orbital mechanics experts utilizing theoretical and practical knowledge

What We Do

Our Mission Engineers and Asset Managers are experts in Lifecyle Management, Sustaining Engineering, Asset Management and Operations. We provide end-to-end design, testing and operational support including launch operations and mission planning support across multiple platforms.  

Our Quality team has 25+ years of experience in Quality Assurance, Audits, ISO Certifications, QMS, Process Improvement, Configuration Management and Risk Management supporting functions across various NASA Programs.

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Quality Assurance

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Quality Assurance

Our QA team provides expertise in auditing each service area of a given contract for conformance to the International Standard Organization.  We are well-versed in non-conformance, corrective actions, observations, opportunities for improvement. And we can take this information to produce real results.

Each program has its own Quality Management System, Quality Policy, and Quality Objectives. Our job is to intimately understand, enforce and follow those.

We also help our customers evaluate new vendors, follow those policies, and ensure quality compliance metrics with existing vendors.  We are a cross-functional team that interacts with several groups. For example, we work with the Risk Management team to ensure contract, project and mission risks are regularly reviewed and addressed. We work with the training and service area managers to ensure that all required training is maintained and up-to-date. Finally, we work with health and safety managers to follow safety guidelines and identify any opportunities for error or injury.

Mission Planning

Our Mission Planning team is responsible for the radar, telemetry, and command & control systems.

We support a wide range of projects, from engineering, to maintenance to upgrade, to acquisition and disposal projects.  Ultimately, we are responsible for all aspects of project management, assets, and the overall lifecycle management of these systems.

Launch Operations

Our Launch Operations team designs and coordinates the range telemetry and radar signal processing plan with the customer for each unique launch.

We design the instrumentation packages and program the telemetry signal processing.  We also interface with the telemetry crews at external sites across the globe and implement testing to ensure successful launches of sounding rockets and multi-stage launch vehicles.

Employee Spotlights

  • What are some of the things you look forward to most in your job?

    I look forward to talking with folks during audits, whom I don't normally see or interface with on a day-to-day basis.  Having been at NASA Wallops for over 20 years, I have worked with 80% of the ROC team in some capacity in the past and we like to catch up.  Another thing I enjoy is introducing new processes that make tasks easier, especially when they are well received by the PMO, such as the newsletter.

    Kimberly Cherrix (read more)

    Quality Assurance

  • Who are some of the industry role models you look up to?

    I look up to Katherine Johnson, one of the early female NASA mathematicians, who was instrumental in the first US, manned, space missions. She worked so hard, despite everyone against her, to further the human knowledge of space while keeping people safe. She was an absolutely brilliant person and I hope to live up to that kind of determination and contribution to space science.

    Erin Russell (Read More)

    Quality Assurance

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