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ATC Completes GOES-R SEISS Pre-Shipment Review
   November 15, 2013

ATC has completed the development and Pre-Shipment Review of the Flight Model 1 Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS), the first of four advanced space weather instrument suites to be launched on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R (GOES-R) Series starting in early 2016. The GOES-R Series Program is a joint NOAA and NASA acquisition and development program.

The GOES-R satellite will be the first in a series of four advanced weather satellites (GOES-R, S, T, U) that will significantly enhance weather tracking and forecasting, and provide advanced, early warning of impending severe weather and hurricane events, and their monitoring and tracking. The ATC-developed GOES-R SEISS Suite will significantly enhance solar and space weather detection and monitoring. It consists of the Energetic Heavy Ion Sensor (EHIS), the High and Low Magnetospheric Particle Sensors (MPS-HI and MPS-LO), two Solar and Galactic Proton Sensor (SGPS) Instruments and the Data Processing Unit (DPU).

SEISS will provide unprecedented space radiation monitoring, will provide enhanced space radiation data to drive the solar radiation storm portion of the NOAA space weather scales and other space radiation alerts and warnings, and will significantly improve energetic particle forecasts.




ATC SEM-2 Spectrometer To Be Launched On The MetOp-B Satellite
   June 7, 2012

The Meteorological Operation-B (MetOp-B) Polar Orbiting Satellite is being readied for launch within the year, and will be used to monitor Earth and Space weather, and improve weather forecasts. MetOp-B includes the SEM-2 Spectrometer developed by ATC and Amptek, Inc., which will measure electron and proton fluxes with a range of 50eV-140MeV. SEM-2 consists of three components. The Total Energy Detector (TED), at 9.9lbs/1.1W, measures the intensity in selected energy bands from 50eV to 20KeV. The Medium Energy Proton Electron Detector (MEPED), at 18.3 lbs/3.7 W, measures protons, electrons, and ions from 30KeV to >140MeV. The Data Processing Unit (DPU) controls the TED and MEPED, and provides the satellite interface. SEM-2 will contribute to solar terrestrial energy knowledge by enabling MetOp-B to measure the intensity of the Earth's radiation belts, and the flux of charged particles at the satellite's altitude.



ATC Receives 2011 Boeing Performance Excellence Award
   May 29, 2012

Assurance Technology Corporation was presented with the Boeing 2011 Performance Excellence Award today for its contributions to the Boeing software defined radio (SDR) waveform and infrastructure software and firmware developments for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Program, specifically for Its Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) Waveform and Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) developments. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. This is the second such award received by ATC.

"We are honored to be selected for the second year by Boeing for this award," commented Larue Renfroe founder and president of ATC.



ATC Compact Environmental Anomaly Sensor Experiment (CEASE) Instrument Launched On TacSat-4
   October 4, 2011

The Tactical Satellite-4 (TacSat-4), launched September, 27th 2011, includes the CEASE Compact Environmental Anomaly Sensor Experiment (CEASE) Instrument developed by Assurance Technology Corporation and Amptek, Incorporated. This lightweight, low power (1kg- 1.5 Watt) Space Instrument measures the satellite space radiation environment, also known as space weather. Its objectives are to provide awareness of the ambient space radiation, and to provide warning of space-environmental conditions likely to cause anomalous satellite operations. As an example, CEASE will enable TacSat-4 to sample the high energy electron population fluxes in its High Elliptical Orbit (HEO) environment during electron events.


CEASE II As Flown On TacSat-4



ATC Receives 2010 Boeing Performance Excellence Award
   29 May 2011

Assurance Technology Corporation was presented with the Boeing 2011 Performance Excellence Award today for its contributions to the Boeing software defined radio (SDR) waveform and infrastructure software and firmware developments for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Program, specifically for Its Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGAR) Waveform and related developments. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance.

"We are honored to be selected by Boeing for this award," commented Larue Renfroe founder and president of ATC. "Boeing is a key customer in the advancement of our software defined solutions for tactical applications."



ATC Developed CMOS Image Sensor Part Of MISSE7 Experiment Integrated and Activated On International Space Station
   Monday, 23 November 2009

The Material Science on the International Space Station Experiment - 7 (MISSE7) was installed and activated on the International Space Station (ISS) today. The MISSE7 Experiment includes an advanced CMOS Image Sensor Payload developed by ATC for the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and delivered earlier this year. This self contained instrument, developed in 20 months, will measure the ambient radiation and the characteristics of its 1.2 megapixel imaging array in the ISS radiation environment over its 9 month mission. On board processing and analysis, a communications interface for commanding and data downloads during orbit, and thermal control are also provided in this 7 lb, 15 Watt sensor payload.



ATC Receives NRL Software Reconfigurable Payload (SRP) Development Go Ahead For Airborne Marine Corps Applications
   Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Assurance Technology Corporation announced receipt of approval from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for the next phase of Software Reconfigurable Payload (SRP) development. This program will result in a form factored unit for integration on both manned and unmanned airborne Navy and Marine Corps. Platforms. The SRP will provide an advanced, small form factor, on-the fly reconfigurable payload capable of multiple simultaneous communications, data routing, data collection and dissemination missions. The SRP will enable rapid upgrades in response to changing threats and missions using software uploads.



ATC Completes Development Of MISSE7 Experiment CMOS Image Sensor For NRL, Will Fly On International Space Station
   Monday, 26 January 2009

Assurance Technology Corporation announced delivery of an advanced CMOS Image Sensor to the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for integration into the MISSE7 Experiment that will fly on the International Space Station (ISS) scheduled for launch in November 2009. This self contained instrument, developed in 20 months, will measure the ambient radiation and the characteristics of its 1.2 megapixel imaging array in the ISS radiation environment over its 19 month mission. On board processing and analysis, a communications interface for commanding and data downloads during orbit, and thermal control are also provided in this 7 lb, 15 Watt Sensor.




ATC Awarded Air Force Self-Awareness Space Situation Awareness (SASSA) Contract
   Wednesday, 22 October 2008

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Superiority Systems Wing, announced today the award of a cost plus incentive fee/fixed fee contract for $29 million to ATC for development of a Self-Awareness Space Situations Awareness (SASSA) Demonstration System. This acquisition is born out of the Air Force's need to provide threat-warning instruments and sensors for our nation's space-based assets. This two-year developmental project will work towards demonstrating a viable sensing capability for high-value space assets, including the integration of instruments and sensors for the detection, assessment and notification of any attribute interference or attacks from multiple threats.



ATC Completes Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Technology Advancement Demonstration
   Wednesday, 22 October 2008

The ATC Reconfigurable RF/Digital Processor (RDP) successfully demonstrated the ability to perform high priority responsive space missions in support of tactical operations using advanced low power on-orbit reprogrammable processing technologies. The RDP was developed by ATC for the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Technology (ORSTECH) Program. These technologies have a wide range of space and airborne applications, including the Air Force SASSA System, the Marine UAS Software Reconfigurable Payload (SRP) System and similar reconfigurable systems required for critical space and airborne missions.



NASA Awards NOAA GOES-R Instrument Contract
   (NASA Press Release, dated August 24, 2006)

NASA, in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES-R) Program, has selected Assurance Technology Corporation for a $101.7 million dollar contract.

The contract is for the Space Environment In-Situ Suite (SEISS), which will provide data for monitoring space environments as an instrument on the next generation of GOES.

The design and development of the SEISS instruments will be primarily performed at the contractor's facility in Carlisle, Mass. Once launched, the SEISS suite will be used primarily by NOAA's Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo. The center provides real-time monitoring, forecasting and warnings of solar and geophysical events and disturbances.



ATC Space Environment Monitoring System Launched on GOES-N

GOES-13, the latest in a series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES), was successfully launched on May 24, 2006. GOES-13 was developed by Boeing for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA/GSFC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The GOES-13 instruments include the ATC Space Environment Monitoring (SEM) System, which measures the energetic particle environment at geosynchronous orbit and the solar x-ray and extreme ultraviolet radiation. The NOAA Space Environment Center (NOAA/SEC), the nation's "space weather" center, issues alerts and forecasts for events such as solar flares and geomagnetic storms based on the SEM System information.

This information is important for military and civilian radio communication, satellite communication and navigation systems, electric power networks, geophysical exploration, shuttle and space station astronauts, high-altitude aviation and scientific researchers. ATC's Space Instrumentation Group, formerly part of GE/Panametrics, has provided similar instrumentation for the last nine GOES Satellites.



Assurance Technology Corporation Initiates NRL TES Contract

On 3 January 2006, Assurance Technology Corporation (ATC) received authority to proceed on a five year contract awarded by the Naval Research Laboratory valued at $117,348,187.  Under this contract, ATC will be providing NRL with Technical and Engineering Support Services for their Space, Ground Station and Tactical C4I Systems research and development efforts.



ATC Space Environment Monitor launched on NOAA-N

NOAA-N (now NOAA-18) was successfully launched on May 20, 2005.

NOAA-N is the latest in a series of Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) built by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC), under contract to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA/GSFC), with funding provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A Boeing Delta II carried the spacecraft to sun-synchronous orbit.

NOAA-18 carries a Space Environment Monitor (SEM), provided by Assurance Technology Corporation (ATC). The SEM measures charged particles over an energy range of 50 eV to several hundred keV. These data provide knowledge of solar terrestrial phenomena and warnings of solar wind occurrences that may impair long-range communications, high-altitude operations, damage to satellite circuits and solar panels, or cause changes in drag and magnetic torque on satellites. ATC’s Space Instrumentation Group, formerly part of GE/Panametrics, has provided SEMs for the last four POES spacecraft.

Other instruments on NOAA-18 include the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (ITT A/CD), the High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (ITT A/CD), the Advanced Microwave Sounding Units (Northrup Grumman), the Microwave Humidity Sounder (EADS Astrium Ltd.) and the Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Radiometer (Ball Aerospace). It also carries a Search and Rescue Repeater (Canada/EMS), a Search and Rescue Processor (CNES/France/Thales), a Data Collection System (CNES/France/Thales) and Digital Data Recorders (L-3 Communications).



ATC member of NRL Midway Research Center Team to win Top 5 Department of Defense Programs Award
   (Announced in September 2005 Issue of Crosstalk Magazine)

"Top 5 Department of Defense Program Awards 2004
The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense and the National Defense Industrial Association present the Top 5 Department of Defense Program Awards 2004. These programs were chosen for their excellence and success at using well-defined and proven processes to develop, manage, and integrate software into deliverable systems...

Near Imaging Field Tower Implementation
Agency: Naval Research Laboratory Midway Research Center
Industry Contractor: Joint effort between Mnemonics, Inc., Assurance Technology Corp., Harris Corp., Blaseware, Analex, and SAIC"



NOAA Study Contracts Awarded for GOES-R
   (Space News Briefs, 17 December 2004)

Lockheed Martin Corp. and Assurance Technology Corp. each won study contracts worth about $2 million to work on designs for instruments for new geostationary orbiting weather satellites, according to a Dec. 17 news release from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The two companies will work on designs for the Space Environment In-Situ Suite of instruments for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES)-R series of spacecraft over the course of the next nine months. The GOES-R satellites are expected to begin launching in 2012.



ATC Acquires GE Panametrics Space Instrumentation Group

On December 3, 2004 Assurance Technology Corporation (ATC) purchased the General Electric (GE) Panametrics Space Instrumentation Group (SIG) and its design, fabrication and test equipment and resources. The SIG augments the existing ATC high-reliability space systems and subsystems development capabilities, specifically adding another dimension to the ATC capabilities to develop and integrate spacecraft payloads and on-orbit experiments. The SIG is the only group that has designed and fabricated space particle sensor systems for the NOAA GOES Program sensor systems; the SIG has and is providing the Space Environment Monitoring (SEM) instrument packages for the NOAA operational polar orbiting satellite fleet.

 

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