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  • December 17, 2018

    Vantage Employees Receive NASA Silver Snoopy Award

    The NASA Silver Snoopy Award is a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. The award is given personally by NASA astronauts as it represents the astronauts' own recognition of excellence. Vantage...

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  • November 15, 2018

    Vantage Employees Receive NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

    The NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal is one of the highest awards in the Agency and represents acknowledgement of significant contributions to NASA's mission and purpose. This prestigious NASA medal is awarded to non-Government individuals for sustained performance that embodies multiple...

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  • June 18, 2018

    Back to His Roots for Vantage President & CEO

    For the sixth consecutive year Vantage President and CEO Joe Polk and Vantage Systems contributed to  Virginia’s Pittsylvania County School System’s Graduate of Merit (GOM) Program by supporting Polk’s alma mater, Chatham High School in Chatham, Virginia. To fulfill his...

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Multidisciplined Engineering

Vantage can rapidly and efficiently deploy our pool of multidisciplinary technical talent to focus on potential projects. The ability to re-direct and reconfigure our teams and our expertise as needed provides the availability to do preliminary concept work on new ideas.

Vantage provides key engineering services to clients including NASA GSFC, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Our multidisciplined services span Electrical, Mechanical, Software, and Systems Engineering. Our aerospace engineering team has performed systems engineering functions for a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) commercial telecommunications satellite company in successfully developing, integrating, launching, and operating their two low-earth orbiting test satellites. Vantage also provided much of the systems engineering for the follow-on commercial telecommunications network to use the operational satellite constellation, global ground segment, and mobile user terminals. Our prior experience in major civil and military government programs gives us the background and capability to provide any desired development strategy, from a fully planned, documented, and controlled minimal risk approach to a quick, low-cost, minimum documentation, COTS integration with the emphasis on speed to market.

Systems Engineering

Vantage is known for providing topnotch Systems Engineers, including Lead Engineers on high-profile programs, to commercial and government customers. We have decades of experience in all phases of the project lifecycle, such as:

  • Mission concept and top-level system requirements definition
  • Operations concept and requirements development for all project segments
  • Trade studies, analysis, technology selection, and design at all levels and disciplines
  • Interface design, integration and test plans, operations planning, and design verification
  • Risk assessment and managment, system testing, operations process and product development
  • Launch integration planning, and all phases of mission operations management

In addition, we have experience in international collaboration, fabrication of flight elements and ground systems, logistics and facility development, launch support, environmental and radiation analysis, thermal analysis and control engineering, and constellation orbit management. Finally, we provide PMP-certified technical managers to keep the program schedule and costs within the established bounds, continuously communicate with customer, and produce outstanding results for every task.

Software Engineering

Vantage understands the challenges of complex software engineering environments. We have a long history of providing complex software and computer systems to NASA and other customers dating back to our inception in 1992. Our experience includes support of high-profile NASA programs such as HST (Hubble Space Telescope), SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory), MMS (Magnetospheric Multiscale Spacecraft), GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement), ICESat (Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite), TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission), and others. Our capabilities include:

  • Spacecraft Flight and Ground Software Systems Design, Development, Test, and Implementation
  • Command & Data Handling (C&DH) and Attitude Control System (ACS) Software
  • Embedded Real-time Software Systems and Flight Processors
  • MIL-STD 1553, Spacewire, and CCSDS Communications
  • Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Software Simulators
  • FPGA System Design and Development
  • Unique Web-based Applications for Software Development, Management, Documentation, and Data Analysis

Mechanical Engineering

Vantage’s capabilities and experience in the areas of mechanical design and analysis are unsurpassed in the field. Although the company’s heritage is primarily rooted in the aerospace field, we are able to apply these same state-of-the-art engineering techniques and philosophies to a wide variety of industries when needed. Our services span the entire product development lifecycle. They range from mechanical requirements definition, review, and optimization to conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design/analysis to manufacturing, integration, and test support. Specific areas of Vantage’s mechanical expertise and capabilities include:

  • Classic Hand Analysis
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Consulting and Design Review Support
  • Coupled Loads Analysis/Derivation
  • Electro-Mechanical/Mechanisms Development
  • Finite Element Modeling and Analysis
  • Kinematic Analysis
  • Launch Vehicle Modeling & Dynamic Analysis
  • Mass Budget Development and Tracking
  • Modal Coupling Methodologies
  • Orbital Mechanics Analysis
  • Requirements Derivation and Definition
  • Rigid and Flexible Multiple Body Dynamics
  • Stress Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics Analysis
  • Test Plan Development
  • Thermal Analysis and Design
  • Vibration, Shock, & Acoustical Analysis

Electrical Engineering

Vantage’s high-quality electrical engineering services include electrical systems, requirements and verification, electrical design and analysis, firmware, circuits/FPGA, bread-boarding, harness design, prototyping, testing, and qualification. Our electrical design and analysis support meets or exceeds all client-specific requirements and industry standards. Our ongoing efforts utilize our broad knowledge of electrical design and spacecraft applications, which ensures the delivery of cost and technically effective systems.