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August 1, 2008

Vantage Systems Awarded MMS Engineering Support Services Contract

Vantage Systems was recently awarded an SBA 8(a) sole source, task order contract to provide engineering support services to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center on the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Project. Vantage Systems will provide the MMS Project with engineering and related services for the formulation, design, development, fabrication, integration, testing, verification, and operations of spaceflight and ground system hardware and software.

Tasks orders will be issued to perform services in all aspects of MMS mission development and implementation for components, subsystems, systems, observatory, launch, ground system, spacecraft, simulators, non-flight models, and prototypes; candidate, feasibility, and systems definition studies; project management; systems engineering; analysis; preliminary design; detailed design; non-flight and flight fabrication; assembly; integration; test and verification; test instrumentation; data systems management; launch, on-orbit and post-launch operations; research and technology unique to system development; parts and materials, technical facilities support, logistics, documentation; maintenance; sustaining engineering; configuration management; mission assurance; architectural trades, performance, cost, risk assessment, documentation, information technology (IT), project review and presentation support.

The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is a Solar-Terrestrial Probe mission comprising of four identically instrumented spacecraft that will use Earth's magnetosphere as a laboratory to study the microphysics of three fundamental plasma processes: magnetic reconnection, energetic particle acceleration, and turbulence. These processes occur in all astrophysical plasma systems but can be studied in situ only in our solar system and most efficiently only in Earth's magnetosphere, where they control the dynamics of the geospace environment and play an important role in the processes known as "space weather”.