Projects

Current and Past Projects at the Hawk Institute for Space Sciences include:

HawkSat-I

HawkSat-I was the first satellite designed, integrated, tested and flown entirely from the Eastern Shore. In addition to accomplishing our own scientific and engineering objectives, HawkSat-I is also providing a platform for experimental research funded by a major aerospace firm.

Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)

Hawk is providing mechanical systems engineering for the design, fabrication, and assembly of the deployable High Gain Antenna System (HGAS) for the GPM satellite. Additionally, we are providing mechanical design support and are the lead in the development of the GPM Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE).

Max Launch Abort System (MLAS)

In support of NASA's next generation of human space flight vehicles, we provided systems engineering support for MLAS. MLAS will provide launch testing of a one potential Astronaut escape system for utilization on NASA's new Project Constellation crew module.

Cosmic-Ray Energetics and Mass (CREAM) Long Duration Balloon

For the fourth year our personnel are providing mechanical technician support for the CREAM long duration balloon mission flights. This includes payload integration and launch phase support of the programs at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)

We designed and fabricated the Multi-Layer Insulation thermal blankets for NASA's LRO spacecraft. Launched June 2009, LRO is currently performing numerous scientific measurements in a low polar lunar orbit.

Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission

We are responsible for thermal engineering in support of the MMS program. MMS is a Solar-Terrestrial Probe mission comprised of four identically instrumented spacecraft that will use Earth's magnetosphere to study the microphysics of magnetic reconnection, energetic particle acceleration, and turbulence.

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)

Hawk is providing sustaining thermal engineering for NASA's TDRS spacecraft.