Space Systems

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The Space Systems Department is a leading developer of processors, command and data handling systems, and related electronics for space flight. The department has full capabilities in system and subsystem design, fabrication, and testing. SwRI processors have flown on more than 30 space missions without an on-orbit failure. The Space Systems Department is also involved in the development of lighter-than-air autonomous vehicles for military and scientific applications, as well as industrial process instrumentation using the HART® protocol.

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Michael K. McLelland, Executive Director
William Perry, Institute Engineer
John Stone, Institute Engineer

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.