Newton will be attending the 2018 Singapore Airshow February 6th through the 11th. This exhibition is Asia’s largest aerospace and defense event. Our highly skilled executive and engineering team look forward to sharing their NASA expertise and their aerospace engineering capabilities with the world.
Comet Astrobiology Exploration SAmple Return, or CAESAR, is one of two New Frontier finalists selected. NASA announced the two finalist selections on Dec. 20, and these projects will receive funding for additional studies through 2018. One will then be picked in the spring of 2019 for full development and launch in 2025. Newton provided engineering support for CAESAR’s proposal.
CAESAR would visit the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and collect a sample from its nucleus and send it back to Earth, which would be the first sample return mission of its kind.
This project is led by Steve Squyres of Cornell University, the principal investigator of NASA’s Opportunity rover, which has been studying Mars since 2004.
Click here to read more about the New Frontiers Program.
On Wednesday, December 13th Newton had its AS9100 Continuous Improvement Initiative Kick-Off Meeting. We are currently in the process of implementing documented Quality Control procedures in order to apply for the AS9100 and ISO 9001 Certifications. These certifications serve as an emblem of our commitment to the success of our daily operations. Newton, LLC is committed to bringing excellence to all facets of operations from engineering, assembly, and testing to models and prototyping. We are excited to go into the new year with new procedures in place.
When I began the search for an internship, I thought I had a good idea of what I was looking for. My thought process was: I am a finance major, so I should work at a bank or in financial management firm, a real world setting where I could apply the skills I gathered in the classroom. I had a conceived notion of where I belonged and what I was meant to do based on what I studied in school. When a fellow Terp mentioned the possibility of working for an engineering firm with my academic background I immediately dismissed the idea. As a finance major, when you think of an engineering firm you envision yourself filing paperwork, creating Excel sheets, and other typical intern duties that no one else wants to do. I will not lie and say that I never did the typical things, but my internship consisted of more.
In my role as a business development intern I was able to not only watch, but also be a part of the growth that was occurring at Newton. One of the benefits of working for a small firm is the range of opportunities that exist. The nature of the work was extremely open-ended which was both a pro and con. This required that my attitude towards things would have to change, I was no longer just a Finance major; ultimately, that minor detail did not define the nature of the work that I did. Joining Newton I became a member of a diverse team where each member brought a different skill, viewpoint, and even a cultural dish to the table. The culture of Newton is one that encourages innovation and is unparalleled.
Overall, at the end of the day, an internship is an internship. What makes an organization different from the rest is, as cliché as it may sound, the people. The truth of the matter is that Newton cares about its people and it is what makes you want to get up every morning. You are willing take on the challenges that you may face because you know that you will not be facing them alone. Even as an intern, management has made me feel like my voice can be heard, and that I do have a place within Newton. If I have taken anything away from Newton it is that I should always be ready to Get Geared.
Bridget is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. She will graduate December 20, 2017 with a B.S. in Finance, minoring in US Latino Studies.
Today Newton will be attending the Maryland Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Career Fair in the Kim Engineering Building. The Career Fair takes place from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. We look forward to meeting job seekers for both internships and full-time careers. Please stop by our table and introduce yourself!
SuperTIGER (Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder) is a balloon-borne instrument designed to study the origin of cosmic rays. In December 2012 through January 2013 it had a record-breaking 55 day flight over Antarctica. SuperTIGER will make its second flight from McMurdo Base, Antarctica in December 2017.
This past week Newton helped support this project by providing structural analysis at NASA Goddard. This project is a joint collaboration of Washington University in St. Louis, Goddard Space Flight Center, California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Lab, and the University of Minnesota.
According to Washington University’s Department of Physics website, “Cosmic rays are one of the best ways to directly study matter that originated outside of our solar system. However, by the time the cosmic rays reach us, the magnetic fields they have passed through have entirely distorted the original flight path and it is impossible to determine where the cosmic ray originated…By measuring the quantity of each element in the cosmic rays, we gain information about where it could have originated.” By studying cosmic rays, it helps to better understand the fundamental nature of the universe.
Photo courtesy of Super TIGER
Bryan Monosmith has over 30 years of experience working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center within Aerospace Systems Engineering. He specializes in space flight instrument development, specifically within the area of early concept definition and maturation.
Currently at Goddard, Bryan supports the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE), Ocean Color Instrument, an optical hyperspectral scanning instrument. PACE will be NASA’s most advanced global ocean color and aerosol mission to date. It will allow scientists to study interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere to discover the range of organisms fueling marine food webs and ecosystems’ responses to environmental change.
Bryan has extensive experience providing technical leadership and coordinating teams of engineers. He has also served on numerous flight panels and technology review panels. As an experienced senior instrument development systems engineer with a Ph.D in condensed matter physics, Bryan has a comprehensive knowledge of underlying science objectives and their rationale. He has a detailed working knowledge of flight engineering disciplines and their subsystems, allowing him to guide engineers and participate in writing specifications for detectors, optics, and microwave components.
Organizationally, he has worked in the following branches: Laser Electro-optics, Detectors, Microwave Instruments & Technology, and Instrument Systems Engineering. His experience has given him a wide knowledge of specialty engineering areas including microwave, detectors, cryogenics, lasers and optics.
When Bryan isn’t providing project guidance, he enjoys hiking in the Rocky Mountains, all seasons of the year. He also likes to occasionally work on his golf game.
Check out some of the other projects that he has supported:
The Aquarius Project (Space Flight Microwave Radiometer)
Newton is deeply passionate about outreach within our community. We find it critical to provide opportunities for local youth in Engineering and Design. We are currently sponsoring three different engineering teams: University of Maryland’s Hyperloop Team known as “UMD Loop” as well as Blue Chariots of Fire, and The Irrational Engineers, First Tech Challenge robotics teams.
The UMD Loop team is comprised of over 70 students ranging across multiple disciplines from engineering and physics to communications and graphic design. They are working to make Elon Musk’s concept of a Hyperloop a reality. In 2015 SpaceX created the Hyperloop Pod Competition in order to “accelerate the development of functional prototypes and encourage student innovation.” This competition challenges University teams to design and build the best transport pod.
In January 2017, UMD Loop traveled to California for SpaceX’s first Hyperloop design competition in the world. During this competition, teams were judged on their ability to pass a series of design, safety, structural, and functional tests. The team placed in the top ten and qualified to do a vacuum run on SpaceX’s track. They won the “Performance and Operations Award” and placed among the top 5 teams in design in the world. In August 2017, they returned to California and were one of only 6 teams chosen to complete an open air run on SpaceX’s mile long test track.
Newton intern, Maria Amaro, is a member of the 2017-2018 team. Currently the UMD Loop team is preparing for their 3rd competition in Summer 2018, and we are excited to see their progress in having their Hyperloop pod reach maximum speed with deceleration.
The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a high school robotics program, and FIRST is recognized as “the leading, not-for-profit STEM engagement program for kids worldwide.” The Blue Chariots of Fire and Irrational Engineers learn computer programming, and Computer Assisted Design (CAD) while competing against other teams at the local, regional, and national level. Beyond being simply a robotics competition, FTC encourages cooperation, sharing ideas, and treating others with respect and dignity.
The Chariots of Fire were formed in 2012, and over the years they have achieved many awards from placing in the Maryland State Competition, and even making it to super regionals, and to the world competition.
The Irrational Engineers are made up of students from many different backgrounds, ethnicities, and communities. They enjoy year-round participation in community service projects and outreach whether it is demonstrating their robot for other groups, or serving meals to veterans.
Newton is looking forward to tracking all of the teams’ accomplishments in the 2017-2018 season.
Below are the completed models that our Prototyping and Manufacturing Technicians designed, fabricated, and assembled for Vandenberg Air Force Base. These 1/35 scale model rockets are of the Atlas V 551, Delta IV Heavy, and the Falcon 9. The Falcon 9 is a SpaceX creation while the Delta IV Heavy and the Atlas V 551 are United Launch Alliance projects.
Newton has provided its staff with a wide range of engaging activities throughout the Summer and Fall. In July the company hosted an outing to a Bowie Baysox’s game, and employees and their families not only enjoyed watching the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, they also had an opportunity for a meet and greet with Louie, the Bowie Baysox’s mascot.
Last week, Newton participated in NASA Goddard’s 84th 2 Mile Intracenter Run. Employees indulged in a mid-day opportunity to “break” a sweat and catch up with other contractors and GSFC employees. After the race, Newton passed out custom-designed racing shirts and our signature orange Gatorade.
On Friday, October 27th Newton and Aerothreads are hosting a Halloween soiree where both companies and guests will compete to showcase their skills. Along with festive food and drinks, the party will include a Costume Contest, which Aerothreads, a specialized provider of Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) blanket products and critical support services to the aerospace industry, comes in with a clear advantage. However, engineers and prototypers have a slight advantage in the second contest, Best Carved Pumpkin. We’re looking forward to a Spooktacular event!