ASI Presented Award by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
Littleton, Colorado — April 14, 2015 — Advanced Solutions, Inc (ASI) recently received Lockheed Martin’s 2014 Rigel Award as the Orion Program’s small business of the year. The Rigel is awarded to a small business that performs above and beyond contractual commitments on the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) Program.
Eric Hogan, Orion MPCV Certified Principle Engineer (CPE) explained, “ASI integrated and fielded a massively complex Ground Data System. The chart which describes the system is called the “shock and awe” chart because it is so interrelated. For example, GDS spans the following facilities; VTB, ITL, HOTH, O&C, PHSF, launch pad, Hangar AE, KSC Launch Control Center, JSC Mission Control Center, White Sands TDRS facilities and TDRS satellites. GDS also involves the following entities: Lockheed Martin, NASA KSC, NASA JSC, NASA JPL, NASA WSMR, Air Force, and the United Launch Alliance. GDS moves data, voice, and video around the planet.” ASI achieved mission success on the Exploration Test Flight 1 (EFT-1) conducted on 5 December 2014 by implementing the Orion Ground Data System (GDS). The GDS uncovered critical anomalies and provide clear communication during the test campaign, countdown and flight of the Orion MPCV.
ASI fields complex systems, develops critical tools, effectively integrates diverse systems, has a “can do” attitude, and creatively resolves critical issues. Relative to the Orion MPCV program, Hogan also noted, “ASI developed data review tools, to accommodate shortcomings in the existing tools. It was the ASI tools which led to the discovery of the leaking propulsion regulator, and the Crew Module Uprighting System (CMUS) leaks. Without ASI’s tools, the anomalies could have gone much longer undetected, putting EFT-1 mission success at risk. It was the ASI tools that system experts relied on for system data review (for example, being able to overlay ground and flight telemetry).”
Eric Hogan of Lockheed Martin also stated, “ASI takes on the most complex integration issues, delivers high quality products in a timely manner, creatively resolves issues, and provides outstanding test support. ASI gets it done. They were a key and critical member of the EFT-1 Mission, and certainly a major contributor to the resounding success of the mission.”
Pictured (L to R): Susan Babcock (ASI), Bruce Bieber (ASI), Owen Short (ASI), Angie Williams (ASI), Allen Bucher (ASI), Nicole Pacewalk (ASI), John Cuseo (ASI), Mike Hawes (LM – Orion Program Manager)