NASA Awards ORBITEC Contract for Advanced Propulsion Systems

orbitec_snc_logoMADISON, Wis., December 10, 2015 (SNC PR) – NASA has awarded Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) wholly-owned subsidiary Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC) a competitive indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) task order contract to support the development, demonstration and verification of advanced propulsion system technologies under the Research and Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion Systems 2 (RTAPS2) for NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

“We are thrilled for the opportunity to work in partnership with NASA in order to demonstrate, and apply, our advanced engine technology to this program,” said Tom Crabb, ORBITEC’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “In support of this effort, we’ve assembled a blended team of organizations to provide technical expertise in each of their respective areas. Our team looks forward to supporting NASA to achieve their research and exploration objectives.”

The five-year task-order contract, which is valued at up to $50 million, will fund research in the area of space propulsion. This contract is specifically focused on propulsion system design and trade studies, including: liquid engine systems; propellant systems; electric propulsion; rocket-based combined-cycle propulsion systems; and advanced propulsion systems. To support the wide scope of the contract, ORBITEC has assembled a diverse team of large and small businesses and academic institutions to provide expert design, analysis, simulation, testing and flight qualification of propulsion systems and components. Utilizing the expertise of its team, ORBITEC will provide NASA with advanced space propulsion system technologies, a critical step to enhancing NASA’s long-term aerospace research and furthering its exploration goals.

The ORBITEC RTAPS2 team includes:

  • Alpha-Port
  • AP Solutions
  • Barber-Nichols, Inc.
  • Busek, Co., Inc.
  • Concepts NREC
  • CRAFT-Tech
  • Fabrisonic, LLC
  • Florida Commercial Propulsion and Power Systems, LLC
  • Florida Turbine Technologies
  • Garvey Spacecraft Corporation
  • Holder Aerospace
  • Lockheed Martin (LMCO-ATC)
  • Made in Space, Inc.
  • Moog, Inc.
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • MTI Systems
  • N&R Engineering
  • Purdue University
  • Redstone Aerospace Corporation
  • Sierra Engineering
  • Triton Systems
  • University of Alabama, Hunstville
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • ZIN Technologies, Inc.

About Orbital Technologies Corporation (ORBITEC)
ORBITEC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation, is a leading high technology aerospace company based in Madison, Wisconsin. ORBITEC offers commercially mature solutions and strong capabilities in: Propulsion, Propellant, Power Systems, Life Support and Environment Control, Bio-based products and Production Systems and Next Generation Fire Suppression. The company has converted research and development initiatives into valuable products that provide significant cost advantages, superior functionality and high reliability. ORBITEC was acquired by Sierra Nevada Corporation in 2014. For more information visit www.orbitec.com

ORBITEC Contact: Paul Zamprelli zamprellip@orbitec.com or 608-630-4424.

About Sierra Nevada Corporation
Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, delivers technology and teams designed to connect and protect, through innovative solutions in aircraft, aerospace, electronics, cyber and avionics. With a track record of success spanning five decades, SNC has been honored as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies, “The Top Woman-owned Federal Contractor in the U.S.,” and is among “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space.” SNC and its subsidiaries and affiliates operate under the leadership of President Eren Ozmen and CEO Fatih Ozmen, with a workforce of more than 3,000 personnel in 33 locations in 18 U.S. states, England, Germany and Turkey.

For more information on SNC visit www.sncorp.com and follow us at Facebook/Sierra Nevada Corporation. Sierra Nevada Corporation and SNC are trademarks of Sierra Nevada Corporation

  • PK Sink

    Quite a list of team members. I wonder if this in any way affects the Dreamchaser project?

  • windbourne

    gads,
    NASA please, please, please, start funding on Nuke engines.
    We desperately need to restart that. VASIMR is nice, but will only work on from earth’s orbit inwards. The reason is due to the massive electricity that is needed for it.
    However, a decent solar engine can be used to send missions to Mars and out of our solar system quickly. Heck, the kids of today could actually get information back from our closest neighbor star system with such an engine.

  • windbourne

    Totally separate. DC is done here in Colorado under the SNC umbrella.

  • PK Sink

    Thanks.

  • PK Sink

    Didn’t I read somewhere recently that they’re actually working on a little something?

  • Flatley

    ORBITEC is handling propulsion for DC now, that’s the main reason SNC acquired them. This will give those guys something externally funded to work on while we all wait around for the next set of commercial crew awards.

  • windbourne

    yes, but what is needed is to split that tech off into private companies where the dems can not touch it.
    While the neo-cons are the ones working hard to kill new private space, it is the dems that block anything sane with nukes.
    So sad that each of the major parties hate science.

  • windbourne

    ah.
    I have not stayed up.
    Thanx.

  • PK Sink

    “So sad that each of the major parties hate science.”

    Agreed. But it is so refreshing to read your clear and balanced commentary on the political scene. Mostly I read partisan rants from people on these pages whose opinions I really value when it comes to space stuff. That is also sad.

  • Flatley

    Understandable, given the pace of updates on DC lately. I have friends over there; they’ve hired a bunch of new engineers since the SNC purchase.

  • windbourne

    Yeah, I had friends there. They were all laid off. Not happy.

  • windbourne

    actually, there are plenty on this site that would disagree with your assessment of me. They think that I absolutely disdain ONLY the GOP. 🙂

  • PK Sink

    Well, you are now on record as distaining greedy, clueless, pompous blowhards from both parties. And I’ve got your back on that.

  • Flatley

    It’s a wonderful industry.

  • Tom Billings

    Still want to see DreamChaser propelled by a vortex-cooled engine set, Orbitec. When are we going to hear about a green propellant combo for doing that???