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Cape Canaveral, Fla. – On Tuesday, October 23, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) announced at its annual Business Opportunities Expo a Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) an agreement between two national space mission engineering and technology companies, a.i. solutions, Inc. and Red Canyon Software, Inc. With a.i. solutions as the mentor and Red Canyon as the protégé, both companies will work together to increase Red Canyon’s capabilities to provide technical solutions for NASA.
There were more than 2,000 attendees present for the announcement at NASA’s Business Opportunities Expo, including key leadership from NASA, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Canaveral Port Authority, the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing and the United States House of Representatives.
“One of our biggest goals is to help small businesses in this industry, such as Red Canyon, acquire better technical capabilities to deliver services in their area of the aerospace industry that will last for the future,” states Steve Owens, ELVIS 3 Deputy Program Manager for a.i. solutions.
a.i. solutions has been offering engineering services and space software products for the United States’ defense and civilian space agencies for more than 20 years. a.i. solutions is currently the prime contractor for the NASA Launch Services Program, Red Canyon is a teammate subcontractor. By acting as a formal mentor for Red Canyon, a.i. solutions will assist them with achieving their business goals, such as obtaining critical certifications, streamlining operations and enhancing their business development processes. The Mentor-Protégé agreement will last two years but could be extended.
“a.i. solutions is going to help us increase our capabilities, and by doing that, we will have more knowledge and can provide better technical solutions for NASA and the nation as a whole,” adds Barry Hamilton, CEO and founder of Red Canyon. “It makes us all stronger, and the whole space technology ecosystem benefits from this mentor-protégé program.”
The MPP not only helps advance the aerospace industry as a whole, but it will also create more jobs in the space industry and government sectors as small businesses grow from the program, thus increasing economic goals within local communities.
Founded in 1996, a.i. solutions is a small-business provider of innovative mission-critical products and services that enable uninterrupted and reliable access to space. a.i. solutions’ services and products span space mission engineering, missile defense systems assurance, launch vehicle services, cyber and information assurance, and the FreeFlyer® astrodynamics software. For additional information, please visit www.ai-solutions.com and @ai_sol on Twitter.
Red Canyon is an engineering and software development company that provides cutting-edge technology to help government agencies and customers explore space and other planets. Through innovation and commitment, Red Canyon is advancing humanity’s quest to understand its environment — both in space and at home. With integrity, responsiveness and agility, Red Canyon offers unparalleled service to its customers and employees. For additional information, please visit https://www.redcanyonsoftware.com/.
NASA is committed to providing all categories of small businesses an opportunity to participate in both NASA prime contracts and subcontracts. The Office of Small Business Programs at NASA Headquarters works to promote and integrate all small businesses into the competitive base of contractors that pioneer the future of space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research. For additional information, please visit https://osbp.nasa.gov/index.html.