Space Operations & Engineering Services
Unsurpassed Customer Focus & Program Performance
We have a proud legacy in space with decades of experience flying the world's most sophisticated spacecraft. Our team of experienced engineers, operations professionals and program managers provide spacecraft systems and subsystems engineering, mission planning, ground systems engineering and management, communications and network services.
NASA, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy and commercial customers around the world rely on our talented people.
Landsat 8 and 9 Missions
As a joint initiative between U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA, the Landsat Project supports government, commercial, civilian, military, and educational communities and initiatives throughout the United States and worldwide representing the world’s longest continuously acquired collection of space-based moderate-resolution land remote sensing data. For these missions, our team of engineers integrated, tested and delivered the ground system command and control segment known as the Mission Operations Element (MOE). They also performed all of the pre-launch Ground System and mission readiness support and continue to provide ground system expertise to the operations team and hardware refresh support via the MOE contract.
James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
The James Webb Space Telescope is NASA's flagship mission that will act as the Hubble space telescope's "Successor". Engineers from our team acted as the Lead Project Ground Segment & Operations engineer, the Lead Integrated Instrument Module Operations Engineer, and the Lead Commissioning Engineer for this massive undertaking.
Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource-Identification-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx)
The OSIRIS-REx mission is NASA's first ever asteroid sample return mission, on its way to the near earth asteroid, Bennu, to bring a sample back to Earth to be studied by scientists. Our team of engineers consisted of the Ground Systems Engineer, Ground Readiness Lead, Information Systems Security Official, and the Mission Rehearsal Director.
The engineers and technical teams also support our customers on-orbit missions. Connecting the U.S. Navy fleet and military since 1991, our satellite operations centers deliver reliable, efficient and flexible operations in an increasingly cluttered and potentially contested environment. As we move into the future, our team is working with our customers to automate, customize, and improve the efficiency of space operations.
Over the past 60 years, General Dynamics has built communications systems and electronics for Apollo, Voyager and more than 400 other space missions. Today, our engineers are building on that legacy by designing systems for the Orion spacecraft which will take the next generation of astronauts to the Moon and Mars. Politico's Bryan Bender sat down with the Chris Brady, President of General Dynamics Mission Systems, at our Scottsdale, AZ facility — where the Apollo S-Band Transponder was built — to talk about the past and future of space communications.
Harnessing the power of quantum physics for communications and sensing first theorized by Albert Einstein in the 1930s will allow General Dynamics to offer revolutionary real-world applications that could render conventional secure systems obsolete within the next decade.
General Dynamics Celebrates the Past, Present and Future of Space Exploration on 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11
“One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.” These immortal words from Neil Armstrong during his Moon landing were heard by more than 600 million people on Earth thanks to General Dynamics radios.