After two orbits around the Earth I four hours Orion splashed down in the Pacific for its first successful unmanned flight. Orion is now back at Kennedy Space Center in time for the holidays.
We at All Points are proud to be part of the successful mission and look forward to the beginning of a new era of space travel for the Unites States and the human race.
Merritt Island, FL, Oct. 31, 2012—Lockheed Martin has selected All Points Logistics LLC (APL) as a major subcontractor on the NASA Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) contract. APL will be responsible for software lifecycle development, integration and test support for Orion’s Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). “We’re very excited to be part of the support team for such a pioneering project,” said Phil Monkress, APL President and CEO. “Orion represents a leap forward in manned space exploration.”
Orion is the focus of NASA’s retooling efforts as it sets its sights on exploring and traveling to distant parts of the Milky Way. As part of NASA’s new plans to explore beyond low Earth orbit and into deep space, Orion will transport astronauts to Mars and beyond and is tentatively scheduled for launch in September 2014. The first manned space mission is expected to take place after 2020. NASA has invested over $5 billion on the Orion space capsule to date.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.
All Points Logistics is a verified service-disabled veteran-owned small business with approximately 220 employees. Headquartered in Merritt Island, Florida, with satellite offices in Orlando, Florida; Reston, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia and Huntsville, Alabama; APL has five primary lines of business: Integrated Logistics; Information Technology; Facilities and Environmental Management; Professional, Engineering and Technical Support.
All kinds of strange and delightful innovations have come out of NASA, or out of partnerships with NASA, as the agency balances its work of trying to understand the universe with its mission to enrich the lives of Americans through that work. Here are some of the more surprising and unusual consumer products that NASA has had a hand in:
The “zit zapper:” Pimples are normally caused by small infestations of P. Acne bacteria – hence the term acne. A scientist named Robert Conrad realized that a device that could deliver the right amount of shock and heat to a zit could kill the bacteria causing the problem without harming the person at all. A NASA program helped him to reduce the expense of the heating unit alone from $80 to ten cents, and a range of products based on this technology are now available.
Microalgae: One of the most efficient and effective nutritional supplements the modern world has to offer is microalgae. A specific strain of red algae in particular can be grown easily and quickly, and provides a remarkable amount of DHA, an essential fatty acid that aids in development and maintenance of the heart, eyes, and brain. This algae was discovered by NASA scientists looking for an effective way to grow food in space. A private company combines it with a nutritional fungus to create a supplement that is now used in almost every baby formula on the market.
Nanomaterial hair care: Hair care company Farouk Systems has used NASA research into nanomaterials (materials with tiny, microscopic structures that often have surprising properties) to produce a number of hair care products that purportedly work better than the competition. The company’s nanoceramic alloy flat irons make hair smoother and more manageable. In addition, their nanosilver-coated styling products are automatically antimicrobial.
This past year marked a turning point in the human exploration of space. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) decommissioned the Space Shuttle program and, in its place, announced funding to go to three private companies to develop spacecraft to carry American astronauts into space.
In 2012, $1.1 billion was divided among Boeing, SpaceX, and Sierra Nevada Corp.
Boeing received $460 million toward development of the CST-100, designed to be a reliable, low-cost transport for astronauts. It will be operational in 2015.
SpaceX obtained $440 million for its Dragon spacecraft, which made history by being the first privately owned spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station (ISS).
Sierra Nevada received just over $200 million to continue work on its Dream Chaser spacecraft, which is functionally similar to the Space Shuttle.
NASA provided the funding to these companies under its Commercial Crew Program (CCP). The CCP is intended to develop commercial alternatives for carrying astronauts into low Earth orbit and to the ISS.
About the Author:
Phil Monkress operates All Points Logistics, a firm that provides management and technological support services to government agencies and their contractors.
The year 2012 was an exciting one for space exploration enthusiasts. NASA, America’s space agency, reached important milestones and succeeded in several amazing endeavors.
– 2012 marked the 12-year anniversary of human space habitation on the International Space Station (ISS). Experiments aboard the station, of which there have been more than 1,500, advanced human knowledge of medicine, the environment, and the universe at large.
– The first NASA-contracted private delivery flight brought cargo to the International Space Station. Built by the Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to fly at least 12 more delivery missions to the ISS between 2013 and 2016.
– NASA landed its most advanced robotic rover to date on the Red Planet. The Mars Science laboratory mission, with the Curiosity Rover, landed near a Martian mountain in August.
About the Author:
Phil Monkress is the President and CEO of All Points Logistics, which provides management support services to U.S. government agencies. Monkress’s company was named Boeing Supplier of the Year in 2012.
Representative of America’s drive towards exploration and technology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created in response to Russia’s successful launch of the satellite Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957. This Russian accomplishment brought the Space Race to a new level and spurred the American government to pay more attention to the space program at home. While organizations such as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics previously had focused on rocketry and interstellar flight, their efforts lacked consistency, a decent infrastructure, and a proper budget.
When creating NASA, the government had to define the organization’s mission. Initially, the government needed to decide what NASA’s parameters would be, whether it would be a civilian or military body, and whether NASA would function as a division within a current entity. Congress spent nearly a year resolving these issues. On October 1, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower enacted the National Aeronautics and Space Act; this event constitutes the birth of NASA.
About the Author
For over a decade, Phil Monkress has performed as Chief Executive Officer at All Points Logistics, Inc., a Florida-based firm that functions as a federal contractor. In 2011, the company won the NASA Small Business of the Year Award.