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Goldbelt Orca

Goldbelt Orca

Goldbelt Orca, LLC is focused on providing high technology engineering and data systems solutions for government and private industry. The company’s background has developed primarily in the space arena with work for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Our capabilities include systems engineering, command and control, ground systems (Control Center) development, systems integration and test, training, sensor data processing, Information Technology (IT) architecture and systems development, and IT security.

GLASTGoldbelt Orca developed the Fermi, formerly Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST), Mission Operations Center (MOC) and performs the mission operations under contract to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The contract has a value of $13,590,260 over six years. The spacecraft was successfully launched on June 11, 2008, and normal mission operations is supported 24/7 using a Flight Operations Team (FOT) working a standard 8/5 work week with extensive use of automation developed by the team.

Fermi is a high priority mission under the Structure and Evolution of the Universe theme. Fermi is an international and multi-agency NASA and Department of Energy (DOE) project, which builds upon the success of the Energetic Gamma Ray Experiment Telescope (EGRET) high energy telescope on the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO). The Fermi spacecraft has two instruments: the Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GBM) and the Large Area Telescope (LAT). Fermi provides significant advances in sensitivity and energy coverage enabling the study of high-energy emissions from particles accelerated in gamma-ray bursts and in the jets from spinning black holes in galactic nuclei.

MOC Operations Services provided by Goldbelt Orca included pre-launch operations readiness activities, support for launch and observatory commissioning, and on-orbit operations, which were prepared and coordinated with the MOC development process.