Behind the engineering of figuring out how to do something, there is first a dynamic and fluid process of imagining what might be possible. Along the path to success come the discovery of new problems and the generation of ideas to resolve them.
The original Kepler mission was a resounding success, finding more exoplanets than many had dreamed possible, but the extended mission quickly presented engineers with new challenges. The planet-hunting space telescope suffered crippling reaction wheel failures soon after successfully completing its 3.5-year primary mission, and it took creative problem solving to bring it back into working order.
In this talk, Kepler Flight Director, Lee Reedy, will give you a peek behind the curtain of how LASP students and professionals worked with Ball Aerospace to design, test, and implement a completely new mission that doubled the life of Kepler and allowed the engineering team to proclaim, “Mission Accomplished.”