CTS supports the NASA Headquarters’ Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Science Office for Mission Assessments (SOMA) in the approaches for missions, payloads, spacecraft, instruments, and research which help answer critical questions in Earth and Space Science. SOMA assists in the selection of missions, spacecraft, and instruments through the oversight of evaluations, assessments, and studies for SMD and other NASA organizations. These include evaluation of proposals received in response to NASA Announcements of Opportunity, NASA Research Announcements, Cooperative Agreement Notices, and Broad Agency Announcements, as well as highly specialized assessments and risk analyses.

Key Areas of Expertise

Technical, Scientific, and Management Domain Expertise

Complex space-based and airborne-based instrumentation

Systems engineering

Program management and scheduling

Mission design and mission operations

Ground systems engineering and operations

Spacecraft subsystems and architecture

SmallSat spacecraft architecture

Suborbital flight operations

Near Earth and deep space communications

Engineering specialties such as thermal, propulsion, power systems, and radiation effects

Scientific/Technical Communications & Outreach

Content development

Editing and proofing

Training presentations

Workshops and forums

Website content

Manuals and technical documents

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