From: Genesis Engineering Solutions
Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002
NASA's Alternate Access to Station (AAS) project - part of NASA's Space Launch Initiative - recently awarded a contract to explore new ways of getting groceries and the mail to the International Space Station. Normally the Space Shuttle is used to build and resupply the Space Station. Because the Shuttle fleet is aging, and best used for cargo elements, NASA wants another, more flexible delivery system.
By enabling new access avenues, NASA is stimulating a commercial access industry. "Our job is to demonstrate the capability," said Chris Crumbly, manager of the AAS project at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. Once demonstrated, industry may provide services, which the Space Station program can then purchase."
Genesis will analyze and define safe and efficient cargo packaging, and transfer and handling options critical to viable commercial Space Station logistics and resupply operations. Since the company's founding in 1993, Genesis has designed, built, tested and supported the operations of protective cargo enclosures used to deliver mission critical cargo to space in the Shuttle's cargo bay. Genesis has supported every Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission with its protective enclosures. "Our enclosures are designed to offer a smooth and safe ride to orbit using innovative mechanisms, structures, thermal control and vibration isolation systems," said Robert Rashford, President and CEO of Genesis Engineering. "We are excited about the possibilities of commercial cargo delivery to Station and the opportunity to work closely with the Boeing AAS Team," said Rashford. Genesis AAS support will be conducted and managed from its Huntsville office by Brand Griffin, Vice President, Aerospace Division.
Genesis Engineering Solutions, Inc., formerly Genesis Engineering Company, LLC, is a provider of end-to-end, high-tech engineering services and systems. Genesis operates in two business segments, aerospace and commercial technologies. The majority of Genesis revenues are generated by designing and building spaceflight hardware. Genesis has offices in Lanham, Maryland and Huntsville, Alabama. For more information, visit the website at http://www.gecllc.com, or contact Genesis Engineering at 256/971-1234.
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