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June 21, 2012

Vantage-Led Company Completes NASA Glenn Engineering Contract Transition

The Vantage-led company Vantage Partners LLC has completed the transition of the NASA Glenn GESS-3 contract and is in full contract execution.  The 90-day transition involved assuming over 180 tasks plus the setup of a near-site facility, moving all personnel from onsite to the offsite facility, and the implementation of a new Work Control System and process for task management.  "This is an important event for Vantage.  We successfully completed a complex transition and delighted the customer in the first Vantage-led large scale prime engineering services contract role", remarked Joe Polk, President and CEO of Vantage Systems Inc..  "We look forward to five years of research, technology, and engineering services to Glenn and continue to delight them".  GESS-3 is a large multi-disciplinary engineering services contract with a potential value of $240M. 

May 10, 2012

Vantage is Supporting Final RBSP Spacecraft Integration for Launch

Vantage integration and test engineers are supporting NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in final preparations of the spacecraft for launch.  RBSP is being designed to help us understand the Sun’s influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the Earth’s radiation belts on various scales of space and time.  The instruments on NASA’s Living With a Star Program’s (LWS) Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission will provide the measurements needed to characterize and quantify the plasma processes that produce very energetic ions and relativistic electrons. The RBSP mission is part of the broader LWS program whose missions were conceived to explore fundamental processes that operate throughout the solar system and in particular those that generate hazardous space weather effects in the vicinity of Earth and phenomena that could impact solar system exploration. RBSP instruments will measure the properties of charged particles that comprise the Earth’s radiation belts, the plasma waves that interact with them, the large-scale electric fields that transport them, and the particle-guiding magnetic field.

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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 (  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.