The team at ASRC Federal has helped successfully launch yet another milestone NASA mission: Artemis I. The company worked with NASA and its partners on the production of the Orion spacecraft from the beginning of the mission in 2012. Launched early this morning from Cape Canaveral, FL, Artemis I is an uncrewed flight test that will provide a foundation for human deep space exploration to the moon and beyond.
“I think that sense of adventure is being ignited in the next generation.” -Scott Altman, retired astronaut and President of ASRC Federal’s Space Operating Group.
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It’s been nearly 50 years since humans last walked on the moon and more than 10 years since a NASA vehicle sent humans into space. Artemis I will be the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Nearly 800 ASRC Federal employees working on a variety of contracts have spent years preparing for this monumental launch.
ASRC Federal’s expertise in flight hardware engineering, manufacturing, thermal system fabrication and welding operations have been critical to producing the Orion spacecraft. As a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin, the team assembles, builds and tests Orion, the first human-carrying space vehicle to be built at KSC. On this first voyage, Orion will perform a crewless flyby of the moon, setting the stage for the next mission which returns humans to lunar orbit on Artemis II. It will take four astronauts to destinations beyond low earth orbit including the moon and Mars and will bring the first woman and first person of color to the moon in future Artemis missions.
ASRC Federal also provided a sophisticated Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning (AI/ML) toolkit as part of the Marshall Space Act Agreement to assist with testing the SLS. In addition, the company has contributed to the environmental testing, mechanical and thermal design of BioSentinel, a satellite that will perform the first long-duration biology experiment in deep space. ASRC Federal employees will also handle communications, digital media, and public relations to inspire the nation by filming, streaming, and recording this historic launch.
“This is an amazing accomplishment that requires commitment, determination and unparallel collaboration and coordination across the NASA organization and contracting partners,” said Altman. “As a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions, I am proud of ASRC Federal’s many contributions to this critical mission, which represents a new chapter in the age of human space exploration.”