Space

July 5, 2012

NASA signs agreement with Craig Technologies for Kennedy’s unique equipment

NASA has signed a new partnership with Craig Technologies of Melbourne, Fla., to maintain an inventory of unique processing and manufacturing equipment for future mission support at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Under a five-year, non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement, NASA will loan 1,600 pieces of equipment to Craig Technologies. The equipment supported Space Shuttle Program capabilities such as flight hardware and cable fabrication. It was used in manufacturing, repair and inspection processes necessary for spaceflight hardware, avionics and ground processing.

“This is an innovative way to ensure that space shuttle era technology and tools are reused for other hi-tech, private sector purposes along the Space Coast,” said David Weaver, NASA’s associate administrator for the Office of Communications.”This is all part of NASA’s plan to support the transition to the next era of exploration, creating good-paying American jobs and keeping the United States the world leader in space.”

Craig Technologies will be able to use the equipment for five years beginning January 2013 or until NASA requires use of it, whichever comes first. Craig will be required to operate, maintain and store the property at a single location within a 50-mile radius of Kennedy.

“Kennedy continues to work with the commercial community to find inventive ways to share our unique capabilities,” said Joyce Riquelme, manager of the Kennedy Center Planning and Development Office. “This partnership benefits new customers who will use the equipment now, and keeps it close for our use in future spaceflight projects.”

The equipment currently is located in the NASA Shuttle Logistics Depot in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and managed by United Space Alliance. The equipment will remain there through the end of the year when the current USA lease expires.




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