Suggested Searches

Latest NESC News

Stay up-to-date with the latest content from the NESC.

Technical Bulletin 23-07: Best Practices for Fabrication of Microelectronic Devices
1 min read

The NESC has released a technical bulletin for the Avionics community. Material degradation during the fabrication of microelectronic devices has plagued the space industry for many years owing to the layering of many dissimilar metals to create these devices. Often,…

Article
Technical Bulletin 23-06: Considerations for Software Fault Prevention and Tolerance
1 min read

The NESC has released a technical bulletin for the Software Engineering community. Mission or safety-critical spaceflight systems should be developed to both reduce the likelihood of software faults pre-flight and to detect/mitigate the effects of software errors should they occur…

Article
Technical Bulletin 23-05: Flight Mechanics Analysis Tools Interoperability and Component Sharing
1 min read

The NESC has released a technical bulletin for the Flight Mechanics community. As multiple flight mechanics analysis tools are developed to meet the unique scientific and operational requirements of NASA missions, sharing data, transferring models and trajectory information between tools…

Article
New Transient Finite Energy Shock Prediction Methodology
3 min read

In a major departure from prior methodologies, a physics-based shock prediction method has been created, executed, and compared against test results. Traditionally, shock response spectra (SRS) prediction has been extremely challenging.

Article
NDE Survey Examines the Origin of Detectable Flaw Sizes Used in Spacecraft Hardware
7 min read

The NDE and structures communities rely on NASA Standard 5009B, where the NDE detection capability requirements can be found for NASA systems or components that are considered fracture critical.

Article
The 2022 GNC Discipline Year in Review
10 min read

The NESC GNC Technical Discipline Team (TDT) conducted numerous activities in the course of 2022 in support of the NASA Mission Directorates. Discussed below are three noteworthy highlights and a look into the future of the GNC discipline at NASA.

Article
NESC Helps Fill Gaps in Propulsion Knowledge
6 min read

After 22 years, Dr. Daniel Dorney, the NASA Technical Fellow for Propulsion, retired in August. Before he left, he reflected on a few of the more than 30 propulsion-related activities he led for the NESC and how expanding NASA’s propulsion…

Article
How Do We Sustain Human Exploration in the Artemis Era?
6 min read

Planning is underway at NASA for returning humans to the Moon, followed by human missions to Mars. Astronauts will again venture outside the protective shield of the Earth’s magnetosphere, this time for durations of months to years, where they will…

Article
NESC Releases Two Propulsion System Technical Bulletins
2 min read

All previous NESC technical bulletins are available on the Technical Bulletins page.

Article
Fractional Thermal Runaway Calorimeter Provides Key Insights into Lithium-Ion Battery Safety
3 min read

This article is from the 2021 NESC Technical Update. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells are widely used in aerospace and terrestrial applications due to their energy storage capability. However, these cells can experience thermal runaway (TR), a failure phenomenon resulting from mechanical,…

Article