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PaR Systems Marks One-Year Anniversary in Hangar N
April 4, 2014

[image-36]By Linda Herridge
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center

[image-51]Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana helped mark the one-year anniversary of an agreement with PaR Systems Inc. of Shoreview, Minn., for use of the Hangar N facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida during an Open House on April 2.

"This is a unique facility that provides a critical capability to the aerospace community here at the Cape," Cabana said, "and it also employs technicians that have the highest standard of training in nondestructive test and evaluation."

Under a 15-year lease agreement, PaR Systems will operate the Hangar N facility and utilize its unique inventory of nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment. Some of the NDT systems were used during the Space Shuttle Program and could be used for NASA's Space Launch System and Orion Programs.

For example, the automated X-ray system contained in the Robotic Inspection Cell once was used to scan the aft skirts of the solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle. And recently, the X-ray system was used to scan a heat shield for the Orion spacecraft.

"Our partnership with NASA goes back many years, and Hangar N is only a recent example of the partnership that we had with NASA," said Brian Behm, president, Aerospace Robotics, PaR Systems. "We think the future is bright with some good opportunities and we look forward to being a valued member of the space community."

"We have entered into a partnership with NASA to ensure the world-class inspection capabilities developed during the space shuttle era will remain in place to support future human spaceflight programs launching from Kennedy Space Center," said Tony Corak, manager of NDT Services for PaR Systems.

PaR Systems is operating the facility at its own expense and is using the facility to perform nondestructive evaluation testing and other related aerospace, marine and industrial products and services.

"The equipment and expertise developed over a 30-year period of space shuttle processing provides a significant differentiating factor over others," Corak said. "It exemplifies why Kennedy stands out as the preeminent launch facility in the world, as well as providing a product launching pad for PaR's commercial endeavors."

The partnership agreement was established by Kennedy's Center Planning and Development Directorate (CPDD). Space Florida and the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast also had integral roles in the development of the Hangar N partnership.

"PaR Systems has built upon the successes and experience NASA achieved during the shuttle program and developed a business model that is able to support the activities of a multi-user spaceport, and extend those capabilities to support commercial entities that require the unique assets available at Hangar N," said Tom Engler, deputy director of CPDD.

Behm said the commercial partnership is good for NASA, good for the local community and good for PaR Systems.

PaR Systems Inc. is a privately held business specializing in process automation, robotic solutions and services for critical applications in demanding environments. Additional support for PaR's work at Hangar N is being provided by PaR's LaserUT Center of Excellence in Fort Worth, Texas, and its Robotics Headquarters in Shoreview.

Kennedy is positioning itself for the next era of space exploration, transitioning to a 21st century launch facility with multiple users, both private and government.

Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana speaks during an Open House event April 2 at Hangar N at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana speaks to guests and members of the media during an Open House event April 2 at Hangar N at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to celebrate the one-year anniversary of PaR Systems' partnership with Kennedy.
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Brian Behm, president, Aerospace Robotics, PaR Systems, speaks to guests and members of the media during an Open House event April 2 at Hangar N.
Brian Behm, president, Aerospace Robotics, PaR Systems Inc., speaks during an Open House event April 2 at Hangar N at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to celebrate the one-year anniversary of a partnership with NASA Kennedy Space Center.
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Page Last Updated: April 7th, 2014
Page Editor: Linda Herridge