System Engineering

Expers in the end-to-end lifecycle of a mission.

What We Do

Relative Dynamics provides systems engineering and technical leadership expertise for a wide array of engineering challenges. Our team is well versed in the systems engineering processes that support end-to-end life cycle of a mission from conception, design, analysis, integration and testing through operations to ultimately ensure mission success. Disciplines include: Optical Test Beds, Controls Systems, Robotics, Guidance Navigation, and Instruments Engineering. Our team’s in-depth knowledge of both hardware and software systems with a cross-disciplinary focus on technical skills and leadership ensures effective and reliable solutions for demanding missions.

Our Recent Projects

Click on each project below to learn more about what we did to drive it to success.

WFIRST Telescope

Mission Engineering

NOAA - GOES Mission

WFIRST Telescope

The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will be used to explore  our solar system, our galaxy's planets, and the nature of dark energy across the observable, infrared universe.

The opportunities for discovery are vast with this technology and Relative Dynamics provided controls systems expertise for the optical test bed.

The WFIRST will create massive panoramas of the cosmos so that astronomers can explore and chart the universe to make incredible scientific progress on a broad range of topics.  A few notable advancements will involve stellar propulsions, distant planets and the structure of galaxies.  This technology will build on the decades of advancements provided by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Mission Engineering

Our 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.

Another important aspect to our team's work is interfacing with the telemetry crews at external sites across the globe and implements testing to ensure launch success for both sounding rocket and large multi-stage launch vehicles.

NOAA - GOES Mission

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Program is a joint development between NOAA and NASA.  It is a system of several satellites that will help meteorologists and better predict local weather events and catastrophes.  Additionally, GOES observations will help with monitoring other phenomenon such as dust storms, volcanic eruptions and forest fires.

This program began in 1975 with contributions from several companies and collaboration between NASA and NOAA.  Relative Dynamics has played a large part in the ongoing success of this mission by providing instrument engineering and orbital dynamics support.

Employee Spotlights

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

    One of the things that I look forward to most in my job is that we work on a mission critical system.  And because of that, it makes me proud that I work for a system that helps the nation to be informed and safe.

    Natalie Ramos-Pedroza (read more)

    GNC Engineer

  • How would you describe the culture at Relative Dynamics?

    They give me a lot of freedom on how I approach a problem.

    Andy Yeh (Read More)


  • What does a typical day at Relative Dynamics look like for you?

    On the NOAA GOES-R Mission Operations Support Team, I ensure the maneuver planners always have what they need to plan maneuvers. The GOES-R satellites are the first geostationary satellites to use GPS for navigation, which means old workflows have been replaced with new ones. I help resolve any issues that come up when moving from those old workflows to the new ones.

    Henry Heim (Read More)

    GNC Engineer

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