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Flight Mechanics Laboratory

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    The Johnson Space Center Flight Mechanics Laboratory (FMLab) was organized in 1985 to build upon the mainframe-based computer analysis techniques developed early in the U.S. Space program and to continue and expand these computer analysis techniques using modern computer workstations. Presently the FML consists of 13 workstations with access to the JSC Cray Supercomputer and over 80 specially-developed software tools. The users include over 20 engineers experienced in various astrodynamics disciplines.

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    The FMLab is an internationally-recognized, world-class laboratory providing support to JSC, NASA, and the U.S. aerospace community for the development of orbital and interplanetary space missions.   The FMLab provides JSC with the facilities, hardware, software, techniques, and personnel to perform complete end-to-end performance analyses of exploration missions, future spacecraft, and on-going programs.  The FML values state-of-the-art computer systems, in-house development of analysis tools, engineers with world-class credentials, and quality service for laboratory customers.

    Work disciplines in the FMLab include the following:

    Ascent and Entry

    • Optimum performance
    • Preliminary guidance design
    • Monte Carlo analysis
    • Launch and landing opportunities
    • Preliminary control system design
    • Aerodynamic stability
    • Parachute deploy through landing dynamics


    • Mission design
    • Navigation analysis
    • Rendezvous design
    • Proximity operations
    • Two-body interaction


    • Mission planning
    • Trajectory design
    • Vehicle performance optimization
    • Launch and landing opportunities
    • Navigation analysis

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