New Space Innovation Center to Help Government Agencies 'Launch' Future Space Missions

New Space Innovation Center to Help Government Agencies 'Launch' Future Space

Part of the EDGE Innovation Network, the new innovation center will connect
EDGE members with NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
the U.S. Air Force and other government organizations.

PR Newswire

SEABROOK, Md., March 22, 2013

SEABROOK, Md., March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The EDGE® Innovation Network
announced today that the new EDGE Space Innovation Center is officially open
following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, March 22. Housed within the
General Dynamics' Seabrook, Md., facility, the 13^th and newest EDGE
Innovation Center is less than two miles from the NASA Goddard Space Flight
Center in Greenbelt, Md. General Dynamics C4 Systems sponsors the EDGE
Innovation Network.

Offering an open, collaborative environment, the new Space Innovation Center
will connect NASA and other government agency professionals with more than 350
EDGE Innovation Network members from industry and academia. The facility
comprises meeting rooms and demonstration space designed to encourage the
free-flow of ideas and solutions for next-generation spacecraft, scientific
instruments, in-flight operations and the critical ground systems that keep
missions on course.

"Tomorrow's space missions will propel astronauts and scientific exploration
further from Earth than ever before. Having the EDGE Space Innovation Center
close to the Goddard Space Flight Center provides scientists, engineers and
other professionals with access to advanced technologies and innovation that
will help make those future missions possible," said Chris Marzilli, president
of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

"Since the dawn of the Space Age, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has been
a wellspring for innovation and the creation of breakthrough technologies that
have enabled the exploration of Earth and space to benefit the nation," said
Dr. Christyl Johnson, deputy director of the Goddard Space Flight Center. "We
look forward to the opening of this new capability just outside our gates and
the opportunity to collaborate with other governmental, international and
industry innovators to develop the technologies and missions that will mark a
new era of discovery."

General Dynamics C4 Systems has supported the nation's space initiatives for
more than 40 years. Among other programs, the company continues its work as
the prime contractor for NASA's Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment
(SGSS), which is modernizing the space agency's ground infrastructure systems
for their Space Network, and provides for continuous technology insertion and
system upgrades for the next 25 years. 

With 36 employees, the General Dynamics C4 Systems' Seabrook, Md., facility
comprises nearly 12,000 square feet of space that includes the new EDGE Space
Innovation Center.

The EDGE Innovation Network is a collaborative, open environment enabling
industry and academia, with government input, to work together to enhance the
delivery cycle of new technologies and innovative capabilities for military,
homeland security, law enforcement and first responders worldwide. There are
13 innovation centers located throughout the United States, in Canada and
Britain. More information about the EDGE Innovation Network is available at

General Dynamics C4 Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
More information about General Dynamics C4 Systems' expertise in building,
integrating and sustaining satellite ground systems is available at

More information about General Dynamics is available at

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