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flight projects directorate
FPD is responsible for overall management and implementation of the flight projects at Goddard Space Flight Center. This includes the in-house instrument projects, and the infrastructure that supports these projects including contracts management, technical and business management, mission design, fabrication, integration, environmental test, design and readiness review management, launch operations, and orbital operations.
Technicians work with the secondary mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope in a clean room at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Credits: NASA/Chris Gunn
The FPD Portfolio
The Flight Projects Directorate manages the implementation, maintenance, and operations of end-to-end space architectures, including mission operations, tracking, and data acquisition services for missions supported by GSFC.
FPD assures that a strong and consistent program and project management approach is implemented on all projects including the establishment of overall requirements, design reviews, systems analysis, appropriate pre-launch test programs, and science data delivery from operational systems.
These four separate images combine X-ray data from the Chandra Observatory, and infrared data from the James Webb Space Telescope, and some data from other telescopes like Hubble, Spitzer and XMM-Newton.
Addresses solar structure and magnetic activity, solar wind, solar disturbances, and their effects on Earth’s upper atmosphere
A solar flare bursts off the left limb of the sun in this image captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Planetary & Lunar Science
Supports new scientific measurements to explore the solar system. Primary research areas include developing instruments for landers and orbiting spacecraft, as well as providing entire spacecraft/observatories
Spacewalker Mike Fossum rides on the International Space Station’s robotic arm as he carries the Robotic Refueling Mission experiment.
Suborbital Platforms & Range Services
Focuses on technologies that allow carriers to fly at new locations, altitude regimes, and for extended durations. The line of business also focuses on reducing the weight of instruments flying on NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) platforms.
Record breaker at Wallops! The Vanilla Aircraft VA001 Unmanned Aerial System set a record this week after landing at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.
Communications & Navigation
Addresses systems and technologies needed for responsive communications and navigation. Investments primarily are intended to support NASA’s Exploration, Space Operations, and Science missions in near-Earth and deep space environments