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!
Our Prototyping and Model Making Technicians have a keen eye for design. Recently they created models of three rockets that have launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California: the Falcon 9, Delta IV Heavy, and Atlas V. Vandeberg AFB’s vision is “The World’s Most Innovative Space Launch and Landing Team.” From the design process using CAD, to fabrication and assembly, the Newton team has ensured a smooth process to meet customer’s precise requests and timeline.
One of the models, Falcon 9, a SpaceX creation, has been in the news recently. The Falcon 9 is the first orbital class rocket capable of reflight. As of September 28th it boasts 16 successful landings. Yesterday, the static fire of the Falcon 9 was completed and SpaceX is targeting Monday, October 9th as the launch date of Iridium-3 from Vandenberg AFB.
Here are some images of the Newton technicians at work in the fabrication and assembly stages.
On Wednesday, October 4th Newton will be participating in the annual 2 Mile Run at NASA Goddard Space and Flight Center. This is the 84th 2 mile Intracenter Run. We will be passing out Newton racing shirts and refreshments, so make sure to look out for the Newton table if you are at GSFC.
Click here to learn more: https://gewa.gsfc.nasa.gov/clubs/groc/
Newton has been a partner of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) program since our company’s inception. We have provided engineering services including: design, analysis, assembly, project management, and integration & testing support. As the world’s most powerful space telescope ever built, JWST will revolutionize our understanding of deep space.
On Wednesday NASA released a video that shows how engineers at Johnson Space Center align the telescope’s mirrors. This informative video showcases the detailed precision that it takes to test this instrument. Newton has played a key role during testing and integration operations. Our adjustable lift sling (JALS) performed multiple critical lifts and was used to precisely orient JWST during lifting and integration operations for thermal vacuum testing.
Photo Courtesy of NASA/Desiree Stover
Click on this link to see more detailed information on how this telescope works.
Say hello to Alex Miller. Alex is a mechanical engineer for Newton who supports projects for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Currently, you can find him working on WFIRST and the Laser Interferometer Survey Antenna (LISA). Alex is a member of the servicing team who is developing system level requirements for the on-orbit serviceability of WFIRST, and he is designing a serviceable latch mechanism for the WFIRST science instruments.
He has provided engineering support for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), specifically with Microshutter assembly and testing, I&T for the Optical Telescope and Integrated Science Module (OTIS), and the design, assembly, and testing of the JWST Adjustable Lift Sling (JALS).
Some of his other projects include design and testing of the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA), and development of the Wide Field Infra-Red Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Instrument Carrier (IC).
Alex obtained his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2014.
While at Virginia Tech, he served as the propulsion systems and avionics systems team leader in the NASA HALE UAV Design Competition. He also worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and assisted with the development of an electric powered UAV that was used for autonomous aerial research operations at Virginia Tech’s UAS Test Site.
With his array of experiences within manufacturing, fabrication, and testing, he started working for Newton after his graduation and has played an integral role on the Newton team at NASA Goddard for the past three years.
An avid athlete and outdoorsman, in his free time Alex enjoys surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, hunting, fishing, hiking camping, baseball, and riding motorcycles.
Click the links below to learn more about some of the projects that Alex has aided with: