Southwest Research Institute – Earth, Oceans, and Space


The Earth, Oceans, and Space Department was formed in 2013 as part of the Southwest Research Institute Space Science and Engineering Division. SwRI-EOS conducts spaceflight and suborbital research for industry and government, with projects focused on heliophysics, astrophysics, and Earth sciences. SwRI-EOS staff members have over 100 combined years of spaceflight and suborbital experience. Their associated expertise is applicable to a wide range of applications, extending well beyond space-based projects.


Engineering Services

Program Management • Earned value management (EVM) • Continuous risk management (CRM) • Life-cycle tracking • Schedule reporting and tracking Project Support • Systems engineering • Quality assurance • Parts procurement • Clean room facilities • Thermal / vacuum test facilities • Administrative support • Machine shop • Electronics shop • Optical calibration facility Engineering • System architecture – Overall system design and management • Embedded processor design – FPGA development and programming • Interface architecture – Design including SpaceWire, MIL-STD-1553B, Ethernet, CPCI, SPI, I2C • Software architecture – VxWorks, RTEMs, and custom operating systems in C and C++ • EGSE hardware – Custom configurations tailored to project requirements • EGSE software – Systems based on GSEOS and LabView • High-voltage optical couplers – Custom opto-couplers for ground or spaceflight applications • High-voltage power supplies – Precision power supplies for spaceflight applications • Radiation detectors – Measuring devices for charged particles, gamma rays, and neutrons


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