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We provide instrument-focused engineering required to develop challenging Earth and space science instrument hardware and innovative technologies within technical and programmatic constraints.  Engineers at Columbus support instrument-specific disciplines such as optics, cryogenics and fluids, detectors, lasers and electro-optics, and microwave sensors to enable science and observational measurements for missions. We partner with the science community from across NASA, other government and international agencies, industry, and academia.


Systems Performance Analysis and Error Budgeting

  • Instrument Concept Development
  • System Performance Analysis and Testing

Instrument Engineering

  • Optical Design and Analysis
  • Cryogenic Engineering
  • Mechanical & Thermal Systems Analysis
  • Analog/Digital Electrical Engineering including FPGA design and test

Instrument Testing and Characterization

  • Environmental Verification
  • Instrument Requirements Validation


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