The People Building TESS: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Software Development Team+NASA TESS
will provide an operating system that may be used to collect, process, store and transmit the science data from mission cameras. The team will provide a bootstrap loader and Linux operating support system for the TESS Alternate Data Handling Unit (ADHU) from SEAKR Engineering, Inc.
The diverse team’s backgrounds span from system assurance and flight software design to field-programmable gate array work and electrical engineering to sounding rockets and Linux and driver experience, allowing the team to do small projects in an efficient way. The depth of experience of the team varies as well – from an intern to a 34-year Goddard employee. The team consists of Joel Gallun, Charles Rogers, Steven Seeger, Ted Drilling, Sussan Rad and Kendall Salvas.
The software team’s favorite part about TESS is that it is has given them the chance to work on a project with new hardware and strategize as software engineers to make this hardware as closely compatible to existing software as possible. The group’s experience helped them get involved quickly with several aspects of the project, and allowed them to fully immerse themselves in the low-level details.
Gallun is TESS’ Lead Software System Engineer. The other five members of the software team members work with Embedded Flight Systems, Inc. (EFSI). Members of the team have contributed to a number of projects, including the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE), the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and more.