Could there be Earths just like ours out there? That’s what NASA’s Kepler mission is trying to find out using photometric data acquired from the spacecraft. Since launching in March 2009, more than 700 exo-planet candidates have been identified by the Kepler photometer. Ball Aerospace & Technologies, the mission flight segment design and fabrication team for Kepler, was tasked with ensuring that the photometer’s dust cover did not strike the flight segment during ejection and cause severe damage to it. Engineers selected STK software
as their standard trajectory modeling and analysis tool because of its ease-of-use, flexibility, 3D visualization, accuracy and familiarity. The results were a reduction in the cost and time it took to address this important mission design concern. See exactly how they did it by downloading the NASA Kepler case study
or watching Ball senior systems engineer Chris Zeller’s video
on the topic from the 2010 AGI Users’ Conference Tour.