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January 1, 2011

Vantage Systems to Support NASA GSFC Astrophysics Science Division

Vantage Systems, Inc. has been awarded a four year contract to provide Application Programming and Computer Software Support to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Astrophysics Science Division (ASD), one of the world’s largest and most diverse astrophysical organizations.   Our support includes:

RXTE Guest Observer Facility (GOF) - Provide support for questions that come into the RXTE help desk.  Maintain operation of the automated pipeline processing of RXTE data.

Swift Data Center - Provide data management support for the processing and distribution of the data collected by Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer, and support the maintenance and enhancement of the data processing software in support of the Swift Data Center.

Support HEASARC's role in VAO - The purpose of this task is to provide support for ASD's role in the Virtual Astronomical Observatory.  This includes maintaining the data and metadata for multiple missions hosted within NASA’s High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC) database.  As well, this task will provide software development and operations maintenance on related software applications and provide science user community support and programming assistance.

HEASARC Support - Maintain NASA’s High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center Website.  Provide technical support for proposal activities, data documentation, senior reviews, and conference attendance.

Suzaku Data Center - Provide support and development for existing pipeline processing for Suzaku at GSFC.  Handle and maintain data, databases, and networks for the Suzaku mission.  Develop software as required for the program.  Assist with user support on the data pipelines.

April 6, 2010

Vantage Systems Awarded ELC Transition Sustaining Engineering Contract

Vantage Systems, Inc. was awarded a 5-year contract to provide Sustaining Engineering (SE) Services to support the International Space Station (ISS) ExPRESS Logistics Carrier (ELC) project office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC).  Vantage will support GSFC in transitioning SE to ISS in order to ensure continuous support to the Johnson Space Center ISS External Carriers Office for ISS activities.  The project includes the provision of ELC mission transition planning and related activities and integration of products and support.

Vantage will support the ELC project in the following areas:

  • Sustain engineering activities
  • Sustain engineering efforts for transition
  • Sustain engineering for transfer of data
  • Web application development and maintenance
  • Data reduction
  • Electronic media and document services
  • Educational outreach

The 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.

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.
 

April 5, 2010

Vantage Systems Awarded Contract for Multidisciplinary Engineering Support ExPRESS Logistics Carrier (ELC) Program

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center awarded Vantage Systems, Inc. a contract to provide engineering expertise in support of the Expedite the Processing of Experiments to Space Station (ExPRESS) Logistics Carrier (ELC) project. Vantage will provide multidisciplinary engineering services to include the areas of program management, systems engineering, materials, structural analysis and loads, mechanical design, electromechanical design, thermal, manufacturing, integration and test, logistics and IT.

This contract is a follow on to a previous contract awarded to Vantage in 2007 by which Vantage was   instrumental during the development, testing, and integration of the ELC project and was  involved with ELC from systems requirements development through the hardware verification and launch phases.  Vantage staff has been involved and supported ELC in many areas including mechanical, electrical/avionics, harness design and fabrication, integration and test (I&T), structural, software and IT and management.

Joe Polk, Vantage President and CEO, commented, “The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has been a satisfied Vantage customer since 1993, and we welcome the opportunity to continue to provide quality service via this ELC contract. We have a solid track record of success and delivery of best quality products and services on the ELC program as well as numerous other GSFC programs.”

April 2, 2010

Vantage to Provide Engineering Services to Thermal Infrared Sensor Project

ASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) awarded Vantage Systems, Inc. an 8(a) set-aside IDIQ contract for Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) Engineering Support Services (TESS).  Vantage will perform engineering support services that will encompass all phases of project implementation from conceptual studies through definition, design and development; fabrication; integration; launch; preparation for pre- and post-launch operations; satellite servicing; and data acquisition, processing, distribution, analysis and archiving.
 
Vantage will also provide multidisciplinary design, analysis, integration and test support (systems, thermal, mechanical, electrical and software) to confirm that the TIRS Instrument meets or exceeds design, performance and verification criteria for the remaining phases of its development lifecycle.

TIRS is being designed to continue the Landsat thermal data gathering that has been used operationally to monitor water consumption on a field-by-field basis in the Western United States and internationally.  TIRS will produce radiometrically calibrated, geo-located thermal image data and will deliver algorithms and parameters necessary to evaluate data and produce required outputs.
 
“Vantage has supported GSFC on various missions for over 16 years, and we are excited about this opportunity to continue to support GSFC on the TIRS project,” commented Joe Polk, Vantage President & CEO.