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NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Honors 2006 Contractor Excellence Award Winners
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
Phone: 256-544-0034

News release: 07-059

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Each day, thousands of contractors work at NASA'S Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to help support NASA’s mission of space exploration. Marshall Center Director David King recently presented four contractor companies with the 2006 NASA Marshall Contractor Excellence Award.

The companies selected for significant contributions to the Marshall Center's mission were Jacobs Engineering, Science, and Technical Services Group of Huntsville; Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne, of Canoga Park, Calif.; Hernandez Engineering, Inc., of Houston, Texas; and Sierra Lobo, Inc., of Milan, Ohio. Each was evaluated against six comprehensive criteria, with applications rated for contract technical performance, schedule and cost performance, leadership and quality improvements, customer satisfaction and innovative technology breakthroughs.

"Every day, our contractor partners make important contributions to the Marshall Center's mission," said King. "These honorees, along with all of our Marshall contractors, are integral to our success, and I am extremely pleased to recognize the efforts of these dedicated Marshall team members."

Jacobs Engineering, Science and Technical Services Group was honored in the “Large Business – Service” category. As part of the Marshall Center team, Jacobs provides engineering, scientific, technical, and project support services for space launch systems, space station, space optics fabrication, spacecraft testing, project offices and exploration systems support. As the prime contractor on the Engineering, Science and Technical Services contract at Marshall since 1989, Jacobs has demonstrated an exceptional ability to plan and adapt in an ever-changing environment, consistently providing high-caliber resources that have contributed to the success of Marshall's programs and projects.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne was honored in the "Large Business – Product" category. The company has been providing space shuttle main engines to the Space Shuttle Program since 1971, with a proven track record of 100 percent mission success. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's RS-68 and J-2X engines have been selected by NASA as key propulsion systems on both the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles currently under development to support future exploration missions, including a return to the moon. Under a separate contract to NASA, the company is also developing key technologies for a deep throttling engine, which has several potential applications for future exploration spacecraft. The success of hardware supplied to Marshall by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne was found to be clear evidence of its unwavering commitment to process excellence at the Marshall Center.

Hernandez Engineering, Inc. received the "Small Business – Service" category award. Hernandez Engineering interfaces with virtually every program and project at the Marshall Center, providing expertise in flight and ground safety, reliability, maintainability, quality, project assurance, independent assessment, probabilistic risk assessment and risk management. Hernandez Engineering recently won the Safety and Mission Assurance services contract re-competition, having a potential duration of 10 years.

Sierra Lobo, Inc. received the "Small Business – Product" category award. The company provides engineering, management, and technical services to support research and development, manufacturing and test facilities. It operates a high-precision machine shop that performs a wide range of research and development fabrication and assembly work, and provides components and hardware integration for the International Space Station Environmental Control and Life Support System. In partnering with Marshall, Sierra Lobo has demonstrated a sustained level of excellent performance, as well as a strong commitment to providing high-quality products.

As winners of the Marshall Contractor Excellence Award, these contractors are eligible to be submitted as the center’s 2007 nominees for the NASA George M. Low Award, the agency’s most prestigious award for quality and performance in the aerospace industry.