DAWN Mission Engineering


Brief Introduction -

        The DAWN mission is a program led by NASA and SwRI in an effort to learn more about the beginning, or dawn, of our solar system. Scientists also wanted to learn more about the materials that originally formed the planets. Thus, the mission of Dawn is to observe the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres, and collect information on the elemental composition of these bodies. The spacecraft boasts four scientific instruments, including a framing camera to capture images of Ceres and Vesta, and a gamma ray to measure the elements on the surfaces of these two bodies. In addition, the spacecraft also features an ion propulsion system and an attitude control system that have both been proven to work on the previous missions, Deep Space 1 and Orbview. Measuring 19.7 meters wide, the spacecraft is composed of graphite composite and plated with aluminum core and composite panels. This website is dedicated to acknowledging the engineers who worked on the DAWN mission, looking at the potential space life from DAWN's discoveries, examining the mechanical aspect of DAWN and educating people about the DAWN mission.


YES Engineers:


Calvin Giddens - Webmaster
Haley Alexander - Education
Jacob Buenrostro - Researcher
Jeremiah Valdez - Researcher
John Salvadore - Webmaster
Kevin Tai - Researcher
Michael Fritz - Researcher
Morgan Garbett - Researcher
Ovidio Lopez - Graphic Designer
Ryan Gabos - Researcher
Stephen Mayfield - Researcher