L-3 STRATIS enjoys a long and rewarding relationship with NASA. Members of the STRATIS engineering management team in the Civil Government Solutions business unit were developers of high-end software for NASA in the early 1970's. They designed the first high-order programming language and compiler for space flight use and were central to the creation of the Space Shuttle’s operating system.
Following the Challenger tragedy in 1986, the team proposed the creation of a software independent verification and validation (IV&V) capability to enhance mission safety and success. STRATIS Senior Vice President Judy Giles, then a business unit manager, led the technical effort.
Together with the Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA Headquarters, EMS and NASA team members created a dedicated NASA IV&V facility, staffed with highly qualified engineers who continually advance the IV&V assurance engineering discipline. They directly contribute to the success of NASA’s missions, supporting over 60 flight and ground projects involving all 10 NASA centers and its major aerospace contractors.
In 2007, NASA awarded STRATIS a contract to perform IV&V on the Juno mission – a mission to explore Jupiter using advanced scientific instruments to determine the nature of Jupiter’s composition and how the planet may have been formed. STRATIS has been the prime IV&V provider to NASA for 15 years and the Juno project is the latest to be added to the list of critical systems supported.
Other STRATIS-supported missions include the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. For the Juno spacecraft, being developed by Lockheed Martin, STRATIS will support IV&V efforts from its Pasadena, CA and Fairmont, WV offices.
National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)