Why does the Psyche spacecraft look like that?

David Oh
David Oh
Mar 2, 2020 · 7 min read
Psyche Spacecraft, Artist’s Depiction (Credit: SSL/ASU/P. Rubin/NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The very first meeting I went to in my first job out of school was a “configuration meeting” (an engineering design meeting) for a huge telecommunications satellite called Multi-Media Asia. A big group, about 15 engineers, stood around a table covered by big sheets of paper — three foot by four foot “E-size drawings” — that showed the proposed layout of equipment on the main side panels of the spacecraft. The…