Kelly Space & Technology Wins $2.1 Million NASA Contract.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 6, 1999--
Kelly Space & Technology Inc. has been awarded a $2.1 million contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), civilian agency of the U.S. federal government with the mission of conducting research and developing operational programs in the areas of space exploration, artificial satellites (see satellite, artificial), to continue work on the next phase of a study that will focus on the development of space transportation through the year 2030.
Under the three-month contract, Kelly Space will develop approaches to meet NASA's future space flight requirements from the year 2000 through the year 2030, while assuring safety, reliability and substantial cost savings.
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Independent U.S. to participate in this transportation architecture study is a very strong affirmation of our company's mission to commercially provide the safest, most reliable, cost efficient and responsive transportation to our customer's orbits," said Bob Davis, the company's president/CEO.
Kelly Space is a commercial reusable space transportation systems development and operations company, which was founded in 1993 by Michael Kelly and Michael Gallo. The company has headquarters at the San Bernardino International Airport San Bernardino International Airport (IATA: SBD, ICAO: KSBD, FAA LID: SBD) is a public airport located two miles (3 km) southeast of the central business district (CBD) of San Bernardino, in San Bernardino County, California, USA. , the former Norton Air Force Base Norton Air Force Base was a military installation of the United States Air Force located 58 miles east of Los Angeles, California adjacent to the west side of the City of San Bernardino in San Bernardino County. , in Southern California.
Kelly Space is known for its patented, commercially-funded, reusable Tow Launch Technology and Astroliner reusable launch vehicle (RLV RLV Reusable Launch Vehicle
RLV Reporting Limit Verification (AIHA minimum QC procedure frequency requirements)
RLV Rankine-Like Vortex ), which is under development.
NASA will incorporate Kelly Space's findings into its Integrated Space Transportation Plan, which will be presented to the Office of Management and Budget The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), formerly the Bureau of the Budget, is an agency of the federal government that evaluates, formulates, and coordinates management procedures and program objectives within and among departments and agencies of the Executive Branch. in Washington, D.C. around Oct. 1, and in an update on Dec. 1.
The plan is intended to identify and define NASA's five-year investment strategy that will enable a low-risk, highly competitive selection of a new space transportation architecture by the year 2005.
According to Michael Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Technical Officer, "Kelly Space & Technology Inc. is pleased to have been chosen as a prime contractor for NASA's Space Transportation Architecture Study. STAS STAS Short Term Analysis Services
STAS Safe To Arm Signal
STAS Short-Term Advertising Strength (Denmark)
STAS Standard de Stat (State Standard; Romania)
STAS Sporadic Testicular Agenesis Syndrome has been described as 'the future of NASA.' We take the responsibility of making a comprehensive, objective contribution to that future very seriously.
"As leader of a team of established and emerging aerospace firms, we are committed to directly conveying the diverse ideas of our team members," Kelly said, "and to synthesizing innovative approaches at every opportunity.
"Kelly Space's experience in STAS Phase II, and in leading the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee's Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group, will prove invaluable to this process," he said.
Kelly is chairman of the COMSTAC COMSTAC Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee
COMSTAC Commission on Standards and Accreditation of Services for the Blind RLV Working Group and an industry representative on the COMSTAC, which meets bi-monthly in Washington, D.C. to discuss flight safety and regulations for RLVs with the Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), component of the U.S. Department of Transportation that sets standards for the air-worthiness of all civilian aircraft, inspects and licenses them, and regulates civilian and military air traffic through its air traffic control and its Space Transportation component.
"As a team, we are honored to be included in so important a study," Kelly said, "and dedicate ourselves to providing the best possible product to NASA."
Kelly Space has invited other RLV companies to join its team on this contract to add their respective technological concepts and entrepreneurial innovations to further NASA's objectives.
Participants on the Kelly Space team for this contract include: Pioneer Rocketplane, Solvang, Calif.; HMX HMX Harmonix
HMX Marine Helicopter Squadron
HMX Cyclotetramethylenetetranitramine (CAS Number 2691-41-0)
HMX Octahydro-1,3,5,7-Tetranitro-1,3,5,7-Tetrazocine (CAS Number 2691-41-0)
HMX High Melting Explosive Inc., parent company of Rotary Rocket, Reno, Nev.; and Universal Space Lines (USL (UNIX System Laboratories, Inc.) An AT&T subsidiary formed in 1990, responsible for developing and marketing Unix. In 1993, USL was acquired by Novell and merged into Novell's UNIX Systems Group (USG). See Univel.
1. ), Newport, Calif., founded by the late astronaut Pete Conrad. USL also will handle operations technology on the contract.
United Space Alliance, of Houston, Texas, which is responsible for operations of the current Space Shuttle for NASA, will provide its Shuttle operations expertise to the Kelly Space team on the contract.
Other firms Kelly Space has selected to be on its team for this contract include: TRW TRW The Real World (TV reality show)
TRW The Right Way
TRW Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
TRW The Retriever Weekly (University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD)
TRW Thompson Ramo Wooldridge Inc Strategic Systems Division with offices in San Bernardino, Calif., ground and flight operations support; ECON ECON Economics (course)
ECON Economy (minimum cost speed schedule)
ECON Centre for Economic Analysis
ECON Eastern Coalition of Nations (Star Trek) Inc., Huntington Beach, Calif., cost analysis; and Digital Empire, an animation and visualization firm based in Riverside, Calif., communications integration for project deliverables and multimedia presentations.
Program manager for Kelly Space's STAS Phase III contract is Jim Hollopeter. He also managed the company's STAS Phase II contract.
Last September, Kelly Space was awarded a $1 million contract by NASA to perform a STAS to develop approaches to meet NASA's future human space flight requirements with significant reductions in cost.
Kelly Space concluded in its report that NASA could save an estimated $10 billion over the life of the International Space Station, starting in 2006, by having an Astroliner derivative and separate crew and cargo modules take over the Space Shuttle's space station resupply and crew transfer duties.
According to Michael Gallo, executive vice president and chief operating officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president. , "This new contract from NASA integrates well into our current and future technology development activities. Kelly Space is proceeding with its incremental development program, and continues to make steady progress on sub-scale vehicle configurations and highly innovative propulsion system technology developments, all of which support Kelly Space's family of vehicles."
Two grants awarded earlier this year to Kelly Space from the State of California Trade and Commerce Agency are helping to advance the company's RLV development efforts.
In April, Kelly Space won a Highway to Space grant of nearly $200,000 from the Western Commercial Space Center by the state agency's Office of Strategic Technology to identify and assess candidate spaceport space·port
An installation for sheltering, testing, maintaining, and launching spacecraft. sites within California from which to base and operate RLVs.
In June, Kelly Space was awarded a California Space Flight Technology grant of $150,000 to begin developing a Systems Integration Laboratory to initially define software requirements for the company's Astroliner RLV. This grant is administered through the California Space and Technology Alliance, the state's designated Spaceport Authority.
As Kelly Space's flagship vehicle, the piloted Astroliner will provide a cargo delivery service centered initially around deployment of satellites, and, in later generation vehicles, enabling the general public to travel in space.
With Kelly Space's Tow Launch Technology, the company will use a modified Boeing 747 to tow the Astroliner from conventional airports anywhere around the globe to its "launch site" at 20,000 feet of altitude.
Kelly Space successfully demonstrated its Tow Launch Technology during all six flight demonstrations conducted with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center The Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), located inside Edwards Air Force Base, is an aeronautical research center operated by NASA. On March 26, 1976 it was named in honor of the late Hugh L. and the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. in Edwards, Calif. The demonstrations were conducted in December 1997 through February 1998 under a Small Business Innovation Research contract awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory.