Southern Research Opens Huntsville Engineering Office — Press Release

Southern Research Opens Huntsville Engineering Office

BIRMINGHAM and HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Southern Research Institute, a not-for-profit scientific research organization based in Birmingham, today announced the opening of its new office at 4910 Corporate Drive in Huntsville, Ala. The Huntsville office will support Dept. of Defense and NASA programs, and serve as a center for business development activities in the Huntsville market.

“Southern Research engineers have supported defense and space flight programs in Huntsville for decades,” said Michael D. Johns, vice president of Engineering at Southern Research. “Huntsville continues to be an important market for us, so we wanted to be closer to our customers and partners.”

Southern Research engineers are widely recognized for a variety of disciplines including materials characterization in extreme environments, image processing and analysis, nondestructive characterization and metrology, and design and development of stabilized platforms for ground and air-based systems. These extreme environments range from cryogenic temperatures to more than 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Southern Research is also known for developing unique video tracking instrumentation for military and commercial applications, and can design and build special airborne instrumentation systems and precision stabilized platforms for a wide variety of applications. Our Engineering Division has supported both NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Army at Redstone for more than 40 years. The Engineering Division is ISO 9001 registered.


Southern Research Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 scientific research organization founded in 1941 that conducts advanced engineering research in materials, systems development, environment and energy, and preclinical drug discovery and development. More than 550 scientific and engineering team members support clients and partners in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, defense, aerospace, environmental and energy industries. Southern Research is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., with facilities in Wilsonville, Ala., Anniston, Ala., Frederick, Md., and Durham, NC and offices in Huntsville, Ala., New Orleans, La., Washington, DC and Kiev, Ukraine. For more information see www.SouthernResearch.org.

Source: Southern Research Institute

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Student Teams Ready to Battle Lunar Terrain at NASA’s 17th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race — Press Release

Student Teams Ready to Battle Lunar Terrain at NASA’s 17th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race

WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — More than 100 student teams from around the globe will drive their specially crafted lunar rovers through a challenging course of rugged, moon-like terrain at NASA’s 17th annual Great Moonbuggy Race in Huntsville, Ala., April 9-10.

Some 1,088 high school, college and university students from 20 states and Puerto Rico, Canada, Germany, Bangladesh, Serbia, India and Romania are expected to participate in the race at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

Students begin to prepare for the event each year during the fall semester. They must design, build and test a sturdy, collapsible, lightweight vehicle that addresses engineering problems similar to those overcome by the original Apollo-era lunar rover development team at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville in the late 1960s.

The buggies are based on the design of those classic rovers, which American astronauts drove across the moon’s surface during the Apollo 15, 16 and 17 missions in the early 1970s. Teams of students build their vehicles using trail bike tires, aluminum or composite-metal struts and parts. The best teams drive trains, gears, suspension, steering and braking systems they find or construct.

Top prizes are awarded to the three teams in both the high school and college/university divisions that post the fastest race times, which include assembly and penalty times. A variety of other prizes are given by race corporate sponsors. These include “rookie of the year” and the “featherweight” award, presented to the team with the lightest, fastest buggy.

NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race is one of many educational projects and initiatives the agency conducts each year to attract and engage America’s next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers. They will carry on the nation’s mission of exploration to unchartered destinations in our solar system.

“NASA is committed to inspiring young people in science, technology, engineering and math, and the Great Moonbuggy Race is an excellent way for us to reach out to young people and get them excited and involved in technical opportunities available to them,” said Mike Selby, an avionics technical assistant in the Marshall Center’s Engineering Directorate. While completing his engineering degree at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Selby was a member of the school’s moonbuggy teams, helping them to a second-place finish in 1995 and to first place in 1996. Since 2001, he has served each year as a volunteer scorekeeper.

The race is hosted by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and is sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Jacobs Engineering ESTS Group, all of Huntsville.

For a list of this year’s competitors, visit:


For more information about the competition, visit:


For information about other NASA education programs, visit:


Source: NASA

CONTACT: Sonja Alexander of NASA Headquarters, Washington,
+1-202-358-1761, [email protected], or Angela Storey of NASA Marshall
Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., +1-256-544-0034,
[email protected]

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James Webb Space Telescope’s First Primary Mirror Segment Meets Full Flight Specifications, Sets Program Landmark

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James Webb Space Telescope's First Primary Mirror Segment Meets Full Flight Specifications, Sets Program Landmark
March 2, 2010

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. –– The James Webb Space Telescope reached a mission-readiness landmark today when its first primary mirror segment was cryo-polished to its required prescription as measured at operational cryogenic temperatures. This achievement sets the stage for a successful polishing process for the remaining 18 flight mirror segments. Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) is leading Webb's design and development effort for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

"Many predicted it would take us multiple iterations to successfully polish these mirror segments to achieve the correct optical prescription at the telescope's operating temperatures, but we did it on our first try," said Scott Willoughby, Webb Telescope Program Manager for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "All our budgets and schedules are based on this and it's a confirmation of the basic plan we proposed ten years ago."

"The completion of cryogenic polishing of the engineering development unit primary mirror segment is a hugely significant milestone for the Webb telescope project that demonstrates that our primary mirror segments can be completed on schedule while meeting the performance necessary for science," said Lee Feinberg, NASA Webb Optical Telescope Element Manager at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Cryogenic polishing, or cryo-null figuring, ensures that when the mirror reaches its extremely cold operating temperature, its shape will conform to the exact optical prescription required to collect accurate infrared images of distant stars and galaxies. The engineering development unit mirror, which will be used as a flight spare, was cryotested in the X-Ray and Cryogenic Facility (XRCF) at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The mirror polishing was performed at Tinsley Laboratories, Inc. in Richmond, Calif. Late last year, the mirror segment met flight requirements at ambient temperatures.

"For validation purposes, we're planning four sets of completely different cross checks and verification tests to authenticate the outcome of the mirror cryotests," said Scott Texter, Northrop Grumman Webb Optical Telescope Element Manager. "If any discrepancies surface, we can then investigate and re-verify."

NASA Marshall and principal optical contractor Ball Aerospace will conduct separate verification tests using different computer generated holographic null tools. NASA Goddard will use its own testing equipment and measurement methods in its clean room; testing at Johnson Space Flight Center will use a reflective null tool manufactured by optical integration and test partner ITT; and polishing partner Tinsley Labs will make measurements using their own independent method of calibrating their computer generated holographic null tools.

The James Webb Space Telescope is the next-generation premier space observatory, exploring deep space phenomena from distant galaxies to nearby planets and stars. The Webb Telescope will give scientists clues about the formation of the universe and the evolution of our own solar system, from the first light after the Big Bang to the formation of star systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth. Expected to launch in 2014, the telescope is a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

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CIBER Wins $26 Million IT Services Contract — Press Release

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CIBER Wins $26 Million IT Services Contract

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — CIBER Federal, a division of CIBER, Inc. (NYSE:CBR) , announced today that it is part of the Dynetics team that won the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) Marshal Space Flight Center Information Technology Services Contract. Under the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Information Technology Services (MITS) contract, CIBER will provide over 60 personnel for five years, generating revenues exceeding $26 million. “This award represents a new foothold for CIBER in the strategically important Huntsville, Alabama, market, which houses not only NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center campus, but also the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal and the Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency as well,” said Marcia Kim, CIBER Federal President.
CIBER’s history of providing IT and telephony to clients such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and U.S. Navy is now complemented by extending these services to NASA, for whom CIBER Federal already serves through training contracts that include our award-winning work for the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) academy. Transition began in early December with CIBER beginning its role at Marshall Space Flight Center on or about February 1st. Dr. Ron Smith, a Sr. Vice President of CIBER’s Defense Technology Division, was selected to lead the Dynetics team transition. Dr. Smith will be working with Dr. Ron Nyberg, the Dynetics program manager for the NASA effort.

“CIBER is a key member of the NASA MITS Team. We are pleased to have them on board. They bring complementary strength to the Dynetics team through their years of proven service in the IT and telephony fields,” said Jonathan Whitcomb, Dynetics Sr. Vice President. Dynetics, Inc., a 35-year Huntsville-based leader in engineering, scientific and information technology (IT) solutions, is the prime contractor on this $355 million contract.

About CIBER, Inc.

CIBER, Inc. (NYSE:CBR) is a pure-play international IT outsourcing and software implementation and integration consultancy with superior value-priced services and reliable delivery for both private and government sector clients. CIBER’s services are offered globally on a project- or strategic-staffing basis, in both custom and enterprise resource planning (ERP) package environments, and across all technology platforms, operating systems and infrastructures. Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo., CIBER now serves client businesses from over 40 U.S. offices, 25 European offices and seven offices in Asia/Pacific. Operating in 18 countries, with more than 8,500 employees and annual revenue of $1.1 billion, CIBER and its IT specialists continuously build and upgrade clients’ systems to “competitive advantage status.” CIBER is included in the Russell 2000 Index and the S&P Small Cap 600 Index. CIBER, the Reliable Global IT Services Partner. www.ciber.com.

CIBER Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

Statements contained in this release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, as discussed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CIBER undertakes neither intention nor obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. CIBER and the CIBER logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of CIBER, Inc. Copyright© 2010.

Source: CIBER, Inc.

CONTACT: Robin Caputo, Media Relations of CIBER, Inc., +1-303-220-0100,
[email protected]

Web Site: http://www.ciber.com/

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