NASA Office of Logic Design

NASA Office of Logic Design

A scientific study of the problems of digital engineering for space flight systems,
with a view to their practical solution.

2005 MAPLD International Conference

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

September 7-9, 2005

Steven S. Scott
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA Engineering and Safety Center


Steven S. Scott is currently the NESC Software Discipline Expert and AETD/GSFC Chief Engineer.  As Chief Engineer in the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate, Mr. Scott has the responsibility of for the planning, management, and evaluation of engineering activities and programs to meet Goddard’s mission requirements.

Since joining the Goddard Space Flight Center in 1990, Mr. Scott has successfully served as a Systems Assurance Manager, where he acquired an in-depth knowledge of all software assurance polices, procedures and standards; served as the Software Systems Manager for the EOS Chemistry and Special Flights Project, the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer Project, and served as the Lead Systems Engineer for the LANDSAT-7 Project, where he was responsible for the design, integration and performance of the entire LANDSAT Observatory and Ground System. He also served as the Software Systems Manager for the specification, design, implementation, and testing of all the Flight Software for LANDSAT-7. He assembled a team to develop the Failure Detection and Correction Software for LANDSAT when the contractor development effort was delayed. He also led teams of engineers in the development of On-Orbit Operations and Telemetry and Command Handbooks and Procedures. In 1999 he was assigned as the Chief Systems Engineer for Earth Explorers, Earth Science System Pathfinders (ESSP), and Earth Probes Projects. The ESSP missions included GRACE, VCL, QuikTOMS, PICASSSO-CENA and Cloudsat. He also served as Senior Systems Engineer on Aura (EOS Chemistry), GOES, and served as the GOES NOPQ Soft Systems Manager until May 2000. Mr. Scott was involved with the specification of flight and ground software for the TDRS program. He wrote all the software and flight computer specifications for the GOES NOPQ procurement. Based on his expertise, he supported other projects in a consulting role in the area of software management and development.

Prior to working at GSFC, Mr. Scott served as technical representative and translator of technical data packages on many projects in the U.S.A. and People’s Republic of China, were he was the Lead Engineer for installing a complete Hybrid Circuit Production facility at the East China Institute of Photo-Electron IC. Mr. Scott was also an Engineer for a micro-electronic detonator product line, Electronics Quality Engineer for Target Detecting Devices, Electronic Timers, Batteries, and Fuze Assemblies and developed software for Electrical Ground Support Equipment. Mr. Scott has degrees in Physics and Systems Management.

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