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April 5, 2010

Vantage Systems to Provide ELC Mission Sustaining Support

Vantage Systems, Inc. has been awarded a contract to provide mission support for Utilization and Logistics Flight (ULF) Missions and Sustaining Engineering (SE) activities, responsibilities, and interfaces between GSFC and NASA/Johnson Space Center/ISS to support the ExPRESS Logistics Carriers (ELC) project.  The scope of this project applies to activities performed during both on-ground and in-flight phases.  Vantage will provide mission support for mission preparation, flight operations, materials and post-flight activities.

Vantage’s overall support will be to perform dedicated analysis as required by the mission integration or by anomaly detection including both ground processing and on-orbit phases. Vantage will also provide essential engineering support after hardware/software and ground support equipment development.

The International Space Station (ISS) is an Earth-orbiting facility that supports long duration human habitation and scientific/technological research activities in the microgravity environment of low earth orbit.  GSFC is partnered with the ISS program for the Expedite the Processing of Experiments to Space Station (ExPRESS) Logistics Carriers (ELC).  NASA/GSFC is providing ISS with five ELC to be used as logistic carriers/science platforms aimed to bring up to ISS items related to engineering/logistic purposes and scientific payloads.