The Schafer Corporation offers a full spectrum of integrated Space Situational Awareness (SSA) products and services for government and commercial customers engaged in space operations. The catalog covers all phases of spaceflight ranging from initial mission planning to eventual de-orbit or retirement of satellites.

We recognize that each customer has unique requirements, specific budgetary limitations, and wants custom combinations of the products and services included in this catalog at commodity prices. Instead of beginning with an assumption that one size and one price fits all, we engage with each customer, understand the needs and budgets, and price only the products and services that deliver the capabilities that fit the requirement and pocketbook.

All of the products and services offered are not classified, are commercially provided, and are free of any ITAR restrictions. For a consultation, to receive a copy of the catalog, to place an order, inquire about services not represented here, or ask any other questions, please contact the Schafer Commercial Space Situational Awareness Team.

Pre-Flight

Pre-Flight

Ground Support Vehicles Around a Booster or a Space Port

Overview

This phase of flight includes all of the activities associated with planning and preparing for a space mission to include a full range of capabilities from designing a satellite or payload, manufacturing and testing, completing safety assessments and reviews, integrating equipment and technology with a launch vehicle or parent satellite, and performing studies that minimize the impacts of constraints on launches.

Services

  • Customer Interface
  • Program Management
  • Trend Analyses
  • Actuarial (Failure) Data & Launch Histories
  • Modeling & Simulation (M&S)
  • Procedure Authoring
  • Experiment Planning
  • Conjunction Assessments
  • Command & Data Handling (C&DH)
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Sensor Design & Evaluation
  • Payload Design & Development
  • Payload Testing & Integration
  • Insurance Loss Histories
  • Mission Planning
  • Mission Visualization (Common Operating Picture) and Rehearsal Environment

Launch

Launch

VES Launch Tracking System

Overview

This phase of flight includes all of the activities associated with integrating a satellite or payload with a launch vehicle, testing prior to launch, and support on launch day. The range of launch day services begins with basic health monitoring of the payload and host while in route and includes recorded tracking, video, and sensor data from the launch pad into earth orbit.

Services

  • Customer Interface
  • Program Management
  • Actuarial (Failure) Data & Launch Histories
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Launch Imagery/Tracking
  • Basic Event Reporting/Confirmation
  • Initial Orbit Determination
  • Observation Data Recording
  • Mission Visualization (Common Operating Picture)
  • COP Customization
  • Mission Operations
  • Satellite Imaging
  • Full Motion Video
  • Technical Analyses & Report
  • Sustaining Engineering and Technical Support
  • Anomaly Recognition
  • Engine Burn and Plume Analyses
  • Rocket Body Disposal Confirmation
  • Claim Evidence and Assistance

Post Insertion

Post Insertion

NASA SDO Launch and Deployment

Overview

This phase of flight includes all of the activities beginning after orbit insertion and ending after all satellites are deployed and configured for orbit operations. Common activities include orbit adjustment burns, multiple satellite deployments, solar array and antenna deployments.

Services

  • Customer Interface
  • Program Management
  • Mission Planning and Rehearsal
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Procedure Authoring
  • Experiment Planning
  • Raw Imagery
  • Initial Orbit Determination
  • Conjunction Assessments
  • Satellite Deployments and Location
  • Event Monitoring & Confirmation (“Baby Monitor”)
  • Mission Visualization (Common Operating Picture)
  • COP Customization
  • Full Motion Video
  • Technical Analyses & Reporting
  • Sustaining Engineering and Technical Support
  • Satellite Imaging
  • Anomaly Recognition and Recovery
  • Engine Burn and Plume Analyses
  • Mission Operations
  • Debris Hazard Warnings: “Neighborhood Watch”
  • Augmentation of SpaceTrak with Customer Data
  • Event Monitoring and Confirmation (“Baby Monitor”)
  • Claim Evidence and Assistance
  • Observation Data Recording

On Orbit

On Orbit

Monitor in orbit operations

Overview

This operational phase of flight is when a satellite performs the function it was designed for. Typical failure rates are low, changes in configuration are rare, and orbital adjustments are infrequent. Given that this phase can last as long as 15 years, cost effective monitoring is required to insure there are no interruptions to service either through failures or outside influences.

Services

  • Customer Interface
  • Program Management
  • Sensor Design & Evaluation
  • Claim Evidence and Assistance
  • Mission Planning and Rehearsal
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Procedure Authoring
  • Experiment Planning
  • Dedicated Sensor Suite, Sensor, or Site (“Baby Monitor”)
  • Data Stream/Package
  • Dedicated On-Site Services
  • Sensor Design & Evaluation
  • Mission Visualization (Common Operating Picture)
  • COP Customization
  • Event Monitoring & Confirmation (“Baby Monitor”)
  • Full Motion Video
  • Satellite Imaging
  • Orbital Location Verification (“Baby Monitor”)
  • Behavior Monitoring (“Baby Monitor”)
  • Anomaly Recognition
  • Anomaly Resolution Support
  • Technical Analyses & Reporting
  • Sustaining Engineering and Technical Assistance Support
  • Constellation Monitoring (Baby Monitor Plus”)
  • Conjunction Analyses
  • RF Interference Assessment
  • Debris Hazard Warnings: “Neighborhood Watch”
  • Signature and Feature Extraction
  • Orbit Monitoring and Catalog Maintenance
  • Engine Burn and Plume Analyses
  • Mission Operations
  • Long Term Monitoring & Confirmation (“Baby Monitor”)
  • Observational Data Recording

De-orbit/Retirement

De-Orbit

Deployed in 1991 via Shuttle Mission 48, this NASA research satellite depicted on the left de-orbits in a blaze of glory on the right. Many others with sufficient fuel to make the climb, go more quietly to the graveyard above GEO. Still others remain as debris.

Overview

This phase of flight includes applies to the planned retirement of a satellite after a long and useful life, or the premature retirement due to failures. In the nominal case, the satellite will either be placed into a “parking” orbit or de-orbited. With these options, there is a need to monitor events as they unfold and in the case of the “parking” orbit to maintain some elemental monitoring. More complicated are early retirements due to failures. There are too many scenarios to cover here but they range from being left in the original orbit with no attitude/orbital control to suffering some type of catastrophic breakup due to explosion or collision with another object.

Services

  • Customer Interface
  • Program Management
  • Conjunction Analyses
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Mission Operations
  • Reentry Imagery/Tracking
  • Basic Event Reporting/Confirmation
  • Mission Visualization (Common Operating Picture)
  • COP Customization
  • Technical Analyses & Reporting
  • Sustaining Engineering and Technical Assistance Support
  • Anomaly Recognition
  • Parking Orbit Confirmation and Long Term Monitoring
  • Claim Evidence and Assistance
  • Long Term Monitoring & Confirmation (“Baby Monitor”)