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February 12, 2013

NASA Launches the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)

NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft launched onboard an Atlas V on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) is a collaboration between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey that will continue the Landsat Program's 40-year data record of monitoring the Earth's landscapes from space.  Vantage personnel contributed to this important mission, providing a variety of engineering, fabrication, testing, integration and launch site support services for the LDCM TIRS Instrument along with LDCM Project Support.  “Continuing to collect important earth environmental data is vital to scientists that are grappling with issues such as global warming.  Vantage congratulates the entire NASA and contractor team for the successful launch of LDCM.  Vantage is proud to have been a part of this mission, continuing our legacy of contribution to NASA’s premier space science programs," said Joseph Polk, President/CEO of Vantage Systems, Inc.

January 23, 2013

Vantage Employee, Dwayne Kiefer, Awarded NASA Silver Snoopy Award

On January 18, 2013, at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Vantage Partners’ employee Dwayne Kiefer was awarded the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award by astronaut Doug Wheelock for his service to NASA.

Dwayne was awarded the Silver Snoopy Award in appreciation of his exemplary dedication, technical excellence, and leadership as the manager of external interfaces for the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Testbed project.  Dwayne Kiefer personally forged new relationships with other NASA centers which enabled the project to save over $100,000 in equipment costs, reduce impact to the critical path, and provide integration products of exceptional quality to the ISS Program and the JAXA HTV-II Program. 

The Silver Snoopy award is a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. The award is given personally by NASA astronauts as it represents the astronauts' own recognition of excellence. The award depicts Snoopy, a character from the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz. The award consists of a sterling silver "Silver Snoopy" lapel pin flown during a NASA mission, a commendation letter (stating the mission the Silver Snoopy pin was flown on) and a signed, framed Silver Snoopy certificate. Snoopy decals and posters are also given to the recipient. It is presented at the workplace of the recipient with the recipient's coworkers present.

October 12, 2012

Vantage Opens Office in Wallops Island, Virginia

Vantage Systems, Inc., is growing! In support of Vantage’s team at Wallops Flight Facility, Vantage opened the doors of their new Wallops Island office at 33551 Chincoteague Road, Wallops Island, VA 23337, on October 1, 2012. Five days later, Vantage was a proud sponsor of Chincoteague’s 40th Annual Oyster Festival in support of the local community and the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. The popular event showcased oysters straight from the island, served on the half shell, single fried and steamed. Thousands of visitors packed Tom’s Cove Campground to savor and celebrate Shore seafood at the 40th annual Oyster Festival. 

“NASA Wallops is a unique national space asset providing rapid and low cost science.  Wallops Island is also growing in importance to NASA’s commercial space initiative with the upcoming launch of Antares for commercial ISS resupply.  Vantage is proud to serve NASA Wallops and we have some great people there working on balloon, sounding rocket, and aircraft flight projects”, remarked Joe Polk, President of Vantage Systems Inc.  

“Wallops Island is a tight knit community centered around the Wallops Island facility.  Today Vantage is a subcontractor to Wallops Code 500, and we seek to grow that role to a prime contractor level in 2013.  As such our responsibility to be a good corporate citizen in the Wallops community grows.  We are pleased to increase our activity in the community and will be doing more as we grow our role there”, remarked Mike Fatig, Senior Vice President at Vantage.

August 14, 2012

Vantage Supports SGT NASA OMES Engineering Contract

Vantage Systems Inc. is a member of the SGT OMES Program Team at NASA"s Goddard Space Flight Center.  OMES is a broad omnibus engineering services contract which will provide an array of multi-disciplinary engineering services to NASA Goddard in-house projects.  Gilberto Colon will manage the program for Vantage in support of SGT.  "The OMES program is an important service contract which will provide engineering support to NASA Goddard's Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) and Satellite Servicing projects.  These are two areas of national and NASA significance.  Vantage is pleased to be a part of the SGT Team", said Gilberto Colon.  "Vantage continues it's growth in NASA engineering services with the startup of this program.  Our people and solutions are recognized at NASA Goddard for service excellence.  Vantage will continue this reputation on OMES in support of our partner and mentor, SGT", said Mike Fatig, Senior Vice President at Vantage Systems Inc.. 

July 20, 2012

Former NASA Executive Gilberto Colon Joins Vantage Systems

Gilberto Colon has joined Vantage Systems as Director of Aerospace Programs.  In this capacity Gilberto will manage a portfolio of Vantage programs in support of NASA Goddard and Wallops, and will support growth initiatives.  Gilberto Colon is a former NASA Senior Executive with over 32 years of experience, in the areas of program management, acquisition and strategic planning, systems engineering for multiple, multi-million dollar programs for Space and Earth science missions at NASA, NOAA  and the Aerospace Industry.  Mr. Colón’s experience ranges from Program Manager for multiple programs to Systems Engineer and Lead Design Engineer of multiple projects at NASA. In these positions, he was responsible for providing leadership and technical expertise to diverse teams in order to deliver products within cost and schedule.  Mr. Colon is an expert in national and international interagency agreements, is fully bilingual (English/Spanish) and has experience in the development and implementation of strategic plans for Education and Public Outreach activities.  Gil has been recognized with the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (twice), and the NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal.

“We are pleased to have Gilberto join our Vantage team.  Gil is a seasoned former NASA Senior Executive with a stellar career at Goddard and on assignment at NOAA.  He will support us in staying closely aligned to NASA and continue to provide exceptional multi-disciplinary engineering services for our direct NASA and our prime contractor customers” said Joe Polk, President and CEO of Vantage Systems.