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Micro Aerospace Solutions is new partner at SSPF
04.05.13
 
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Image above: Tom Engler, right, deputy director of Kennedy’s Center Planning and Development Directorate (CPDD), and Amy Houts-Gilfriche, CPDD partnership development manager, welcome Don Platt, president of Micro Aerospace Solutions (MAS) to the Space Station Processing Facility on April 1. NASA/Kim Shiflett
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Image above: Don Platt, president of Micro Aerospace Solutions, is welcomed to the Space Station Processing Facility by International Space Station Ground Processing and Research Director Josie Burnett on April 1. NASA/Kim Shiflett
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Kennedy Space Center’s Center Planning and Development Directorate (CPDD) and International Space Station (ISS) Ground Processing and Research Directorate welcomed Micro Aerospace Solutions (MAS) of Melbourne as a new partner at the Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) on April 1.

Amy Houts-Gilfriche, a partnership development manager in CPDD, offered the official welcome to MAS President Donald Platt.

“We are very happy to welcome you to the space center,” Houts-Gilfriche said.

NASA signed an agreement with MAS on March 22 for use of an offline hardware processing laboratory and office space at the processing facility.

“We’re very excited about using the facilities at Kennedy Space Center,” Platt said. “We look forward to our partnership with NASA.”

CPDD Deputy Director Tom Engler said it’s a wonderful partnership for the center.

“We’re looking forward to having MAS work with us and us with them as they provide all the small payloads and small satellites that they will work with at Kennedy,” Engler said.

MAS is a small business established in 2000 that specializes in software, electrical and mechanical design engineering services. The company will use a suite of offices on the second floor and a “clean room” laboratory on the first floor near the facility’s high bay to test and process a variety of small satellites and payloads for delivery to the ISS.

In addition to testing verification software for the space station, electronic systems, inertial sensors and software systems for small satellites, MAS will work on propulsion-related testing for different types of rockets.

MAS is lead avionics integrator and software developer for NASA’s Sunjammer small satellite mission that is scheduled to launch no earlier than 2014. The company is providing all flight software and verification, avionics system design and integration and engineering support as the primary subcontractor to L’Garde Corp. of Tustin, Calif.

Sunjammer will demonstrate a first-of-its-kind solar sail for propulsion in space.

Among other projects, MAS also is primary software developer and integrator for several biology-related payloads that will fly on the space station.

Platt said having access to the unique facilities and test capabilities at the center is a great benefit to the company and its customers.

“We’re here to help make this partnership successful,” Engler said.

CPDD Technical Integration manager Cliff Hausmann said the center also is interested in the future growth potential.

“We look forward to years of partnership,” said ISS Ground Processing and Research Director Josie Burnett. “It’s exciting to have an additional customer who will be working with payload and space station customers.”

 
 
Linda Herridge
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center