SCI offers a full range of aerospace consulting services to all elements of the commercial aerospace community. As an independent organization with no political or financial ties to any aerospace or government entity, SCI provides truly objective analysis, review, and recommendations. SCI serves both domestic and international clients — and is fully versed in the ITAR rules and regulations.

Whether you are designing, fabricating, operating, purchasing, or insuring a satellite, SCI has the technical expertise and problem-solving skills to meet your needs. We have worked with owner/operators, prime contractors, and insurance companies to bring the highest quality satellites to market while minimizing risk. And if you have special needs, our flexibility and adaptability means that we can design a program specifically tailored to your unique requirements.

The services SCI provides for owner/operators cover the full life cycle of a communications satellite:
  • Market studies
  • Conceptual design studies: Early on, SCI can assist with basic satellite definition and antenna pattern coverage.
  • Assistance with proposal preparation: SCI can assist a customer in soliciting proposals from the major satellite manufacturers. SCI can contribute to the development of the Request for Proposal and suggest or review technical specifications.
  • Proposal evaluation: After prime contractors have submitted their proposals, SCI can conduct a complete proposal evaluation. SCI uses a proven methodology to evaluate the technical and programmatic merits of the proposals and provides the client not only recommendations on which company to use, but also suggested follow up questions and possible negotiating points.
  • Assistance with contract negotiations: SCI can assist a client in negotiating the (technical) aspects of a contract.
  • Spacecraft contract monitoring: During the design, fabrication, and testing of a satellite, SCI serves as an expert client representative — providing the reassurance that the technical issues are properly addressed. Close integration with on-site customer representatives ensures a unified presence in front of the prime contractor.
  • Launch vehicle interface assistance: SCI has experience with the major launch service providers including Atlas, Delta, Ariane, Sea Launch, Long March, Proton and the Space Shuttle. We assist with launch vehicle interface activities, including technical interface meeting during satellite development, satellite integration at the launch site, and launch day monitoring and support.
  • Launch site monitoring
  • Assistance at mission control center
  • In-orbit test monitoring
  • On-orbit problem resolution: SCI has supported many in-orbit anomaly investigations and an SCI team can be assembled quickly if required.
SCI also provides services to prime contractors:
  • Independent experts for audits and special reviews: Our world-class technical experts can provide a technical oversight review, allowing the prime contractor to identify risk areas that in many cases were being overlooked. SCI also participates on audit teams, providing independent, senior review.
  • Provide supplemental consultants for peak activities: Our consultants are available on short notice to supplement staffing for a special project or an unusually heavy workload.
Finally, SCI can provide expert advice and support for the insurance community:
  • Expert witnesses: SCI has the expertise to assist with legal cases requiring expert testimony. Our team has many individuals who are recognized internationally for their work.
  • Assist in technical risk evaluation