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NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Honors 2005 Contractor Excellence Award Winners
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

News release: 06-066

Thousands of contractors work each day at NASA'S Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to help support NASA's mission of space exploration. Marshall Center Director David King has recognized three contractor companies with 2005 Contractor Excellence Awards.

Selected for significant contributions to the mission of the Marshall Center, the three top contractor companies -- ATK Launch Systems of Brigham City, Utah; Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc., of Huntsville; and Morgan Research of Huntsville, a division of Stanley Associates Inc. of Arlington, Va. – were evaluated against six basic criteria. The applications were rated for contract technical performance, schedule and cost performance, leadership and quality improvements, customer satisfaction and innovative technology breakthroughs.

"Our contractor partners have made significant contributions to the mission of the Marshall Center," said Roy Malone, acting director of Marshall's Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. "These winners, along with all NASA contractors, are a key part of helping continue the Vision for Space Exploration -- completion of the International Space Station and exploration of the moon, Mars and destinations beyond. I am pleased we are recognizing the efforts of these dedicated Marshall team members."

ATK Launch Systems was honored in the "Large Business -- Product" category. The company has teamed with NASA and the Marshall Center since the beginning of the Space Shuttle Program, providing the reusable solid rocket motor and helping Marshall engineer America's future in space. Over the past five years ATK Launch Systems has helped improve operations and expand knowledge and learning initiatives at the Marshall Center.

Teledyne Brown Engineering was honored in the "Large Business -- Service" category. As part of the NASA team, Teledyne Brown Engineering has supported Marshall's payload operations integration for the space station as well as operation and maintenance of high pressure gas generation and distribution systems and has provided engineering services, flight and ground hardware development, and operations support activities. The company's commitment to safety and quality assurance and attention to detail and cost-efficiency has helped realize cost savings without exceeding contract ceilings.

Morgan Research received the "Small Business -- Service" category award. The company provides operations support for the Space Shuttle Program and the space station, and information technology support for Marshall's Engineering Directorate. Morgan's dedication to quality engineering, information technology and operations services has improved the center's performance and delivery of products and services and enhanced Marshall's capabilities to take hardware from preliminary design to operation in space.

Teledyne Brown Engineering also will be submitted as one of the center's 2006 nominees for the NASA George M. Low Award, the agency's most prestigious award for quality and performance in the aerospace industry presented in early 2007.