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NESC Independent Assessments

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VAB personnel have provided an independent assessment capability to the NESC for several Agency system evaluation activities. While VAB continues to provide assessemnts, some examples of previous assessments are:

Max Launch Abort System (MLAS) Flight Test Vehicle 2

This is a past project in NESC Independent Assessments.

  • Basic guidance/control scheme developed in POST2
  • Operational strategy for TVC of multiple (6) abort motors & on/off jet control of multiple (8) attitude control motors designed & implemented in POST2 6-DOF simulation
  • POST2 used for design & feasibility of operational concept & initial FTV design
  • 3-DOF optimization of ascent abort
Max Launch Abort System (MLAS) Concept Definition

Max Launch Abort System (MLAS) Concept Definition

Trajectory Design and Optimization for Ares I-X

  • Developed steering tables that were an input to Ares I-X GN&C
  • Provided a flight environment with aerodynamic, thermal, and acoustic loads similar to Ares I.
  • Ares I-X flight data suitable for verification of Ares I design without scaling/correction factors.
Ares I-X First Stage/Upper Stage Separation & Reentry

Ares I-X First Stage/Upper Stage Separation & Reentry

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