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May 9, 2012

Vantage Will Support ATLAS Instrument Integration for ICESat-2

Vantage has received a task to support the integration and test (I&T) of the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS) instrument for Goddard Space Flight Center.  ATLAS is an instrument on Goddard’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is the 2nd-generation of the orbiting laser altimeter ICESat scheduled for launch in early 2016. Vantage will provide management assistance; development of test procedures and ground system elements; planning for laser safety during I&T; and hands-on participation in I&T for the instrument.  “Vantage has participated in I&T for many of Goddard’s mission.  Our seasoned staff will assist Goddard in ATLAS I&T to drive on-time and on-cost delivery of the instrument for launch” said Joe Polk, President of Vantage Systems Inc.. 

May 9, 2012

Vantage Tapped to Provide MMS Instrument Thermal Blankets

Vantage Systems Inc. has been tasked to provide thermal blanket fabrication and integration for the instruments onboard the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS).  MMS is a Solar Terrestrial Probes mission comprising 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.  Vantage Systems will fabricate thermal blankets and related equipment for most of the instruments and will support integration of them onto the spacecraft which is scheduled for launch in 2014.  “Vantage is pleased to provide this additional support to the MMS mission at Goddard Space Flight Center.  We have supported the program in many ways since its start.  We are proud to be part of the NASA MMS team” said Joe Polk, President of Vantage Systems Inc..  “This task has near and long term deliverables with narrow installation windows that are in the critical path for integration.  We are honored that Goddard trusts us with this task” said Mike Fatig, Senior Vice President of Business Development. 

March 23, 2012

Vantage Systems Supports NASA ICESat-2 Program

Vantage Systems Inc. has been awarded a 5-year multi-disciplinary engineering services contract to support NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's ICESat-2 program.  The Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) is the 2nd-generation of the orbiting laser altimeter ICESat scheduled for launch in early 2016 (http://icesat.gsfc.nasa.gov/icesat2/).  Vantage will provide a range of engineering, integration, and test services to the program through launch.  "We are pleased to continue our nearly two decades of support to NASA Goddard.  ICESat-2 is an important program aqnd Vantage will do all it can to assist the Project in delivering successful science on cost and schedule", remarked Joe Polk, President of Vantage Systems Inc.

March 13, 2012

Vantage Partners LLC Starts Transition of the NASA Glenn GESS-3 Program

After a delay caused by a protest of the award to Vantage which was subsequently dismissed by the GAO, Vantage Partners LLC (VPL) has started the contract transition of the NASA Glenn Research Center GESS-3 program.  The transition will occur over a 90-day period ending June 2012.  “This is an important program and Vantage Partners along with its teammates SAIC and ZIN Technologies is pleased to begin work”, noted Joe Polk, President of VPL.  Those interested in the program should visit the transition web site at:  vpl-gess3.com

December 5, 2011

Calvin Williams, Community Service

When Calvin Williams’ mom gave flowers from her garden to neighbors, to ensure someone else had “a little more,” she was establishing a legacy of giving that carries on through her son.  Her words, “Son, things are not as bad as they could be,” come to the forefront when he sees the needs of others, and a spark to reach out to help ignites. 

Calvin volunteers with the American Red Cross to provide food, water, and shelter to victims of disasters across the country.  He tirelessly gives his time, energy, and heart to families who have been devastated by hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and fires.  One such act of giving was in our local Maryland community at an apartment fire that killed six victims.  After safely securing the victims in a central location, Calvin helped meet both immediate and long-term needs of the survivors.  Those needs included providing essentials like food, clothes, and water, and finding shelters and working with apartment complexes and housing developments for additional accommodations.

Calvin has traveled to New Orleans once every year since 2003 to assist Hurricane Katrina victims and has been to Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi to extend a helping hand to flood victims.  The worse was Katrina, he reflects, “I can’t say that I was prepared…at the end of the day, you are so full you don’t think about being tired…dirty…hungry.”  His eyes swell with emotion as he sits silently thinking about our fellow Americans in need.