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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Goddard Space Flight Center

Software Engineering Division, Code 580

Mission Validation and Operations Branch/Code 584

Solar Dynamics Observatory Mission Operations Center

Mission

The Mission Validation and Operations Branch provides expertise in operations engineering, operations planning and systems validation to ensure optimal operability of information systems. In support of the Earth Science, and Space Science Missions, and the Exploration and Technology focus areas, the Branch develops and analyzes operational concepts, requirements, plans, schedules and documentation for planning, conducting, and evaluating spacecraft operations. Branch personnel plan, coordinate, and take responsibility for the end-to-end testing of mission systems. Pre-launch end-to-end simulations of launch and early orbit scenarios are developed, coordinated and tested by this Branch to ensure launch readiness of ground and flight systems. Branch personnel direct the mission Flight Operations Teams in preparation and training for launch, in-orbit checkout and daily mission operations. Branch personnel prepare and define budgets and schedules for operations functions. The Branch works closely with other Center personnel, other NASA Centers and contractor personnel, to assure compatibility of performance, interfaces, schedules and budgets.

Branch Head: Vacant
Associate Head: Greg Yoblin
Secretary: Richard Elias

Main Office: (301) 286-2058