TASC Assures Successful Minotaur V Launch
TASC provides mission support to rocket launch powering NASA lunar mission
CHANTILLY, Va., Sept. 9, 2013
CHANTILLY, Va., Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --TASC, Inc. helped ensure the
success of the inaugural mission of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Minotaur V
rocket from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Sept. 6 by providing independent
mission assurance, launch site support and engineering analysis.
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The Minotaur V mission launched the NASA Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment
Explorer (LADEE) space vehicle into lunar orbit, where it will gather detailed
information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and
environmental influences on lunar dust.
"This is the 24th Minotaur family launch that TASC has supported and this
mission is especially important to the Minotaur V launch team because this is
the first launch of a five-stage Minotaur rocket and includes new first-flight
items, like the avionics system and the guidance software," said John Brennan,
vice president of TASC's Air Force business unit. "We are honored to be a part
of the USAF's mission to support space research and proud that TASC has the
program heritage and knowledge to help make this launch a success."
In preparation for the launch, TASC reviewed the design and qualification of
the new stage five avionics systems, set up a new software testbed and
performed independent verification and validation of the new flight software.
This is also the first time the USAF and NASA have collaborated on a mission
involving one of the Minotaur rockets.
The Minotaur family of launch vehicles, developed by Orbital Sciences
Corporation, is managed by the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC),
Space Development and Test Directorate (SMC/SD) Launch Systems Division
(SMC/SDL) located at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
For more information and career opportunities, visit www.tasc.com or email
Founded in 1966, TASC, Inc., helps solve complex national security and public
safety challenges by providing advanced systems engineering, integration and
decision-support services to the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense
and civilian agencies of the federal government. With about 4,000 employees
in 40 locations, TASC generates more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue. For
more information and career opportunities, visit our website at www.tasc.com
or email email@example.com.
Media Contact: DeeAnn Connors, Director, Communications,
DeeAnn.Connors@TASC.com, (703) 653-5752.
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