Overview of Aerospace in Bay Area Houston
The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) was established in 1961, and from the early Gemini, Apollo and Skylab projects to today's Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Constellation programs, JSC continues to lead NASA's efforts in human space exploration. A few key elements of JSC:
Bay Area Houston is home to the NASA Johnson Space Center and over 50 aerospace companies. In an effort to keep this important industry cluster vibrant, these contractors collaborate with the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP) to work on a number of industry initiatives that are important to the vitality and over-all mission of the JSC:
The Aerospace Advisory Committee
Comprised of top leaders in aerospace companies and other interested area industry leaders.
Mission: To promote continuing support and commitment to the space programs and space operations functions being implemented by NASA JSC. The AAC recommends and implements initiatives to support the interests of NASA JSC and the local aerospace community.
Purpose: To connect industry leaders to discuss activities in the aerospace community including political events, NASA contracts, future trends, etc. The committee occasionally invites speakers who have relevant information to impart to the group. AAC also supports the other aerospace committees at BAHEP via company participation and funding. Those include Team NASA, Space Center Volunteers, Citizens for Space Exploration, and The Young Professionals for Space Exploration. For a list of AAC members, please click here.
Citizens for Space Exploration
Comprised of U.S. taxpayers: municipalities, educational institutions, corporations, professional and civic organizations, and private citizens.
Mission: To promote awareness of the benefits of human exploration of space. Through a multi-state effort, CSE networks with elected officials, community leaders, and corporate and individual contacts to ensure continued public and political support for America’s human space exploration.
Purpose: To advocate continuation of funding for human space operations and development each year, Citizens for Space Exploration has become a credible and reputable organization on Capitol Hill, having visited congressional offices numerous times since its inception to discuss the merits of human space exploration programs from the viewpoint of voting constituents across the U.S.
Space Center Volunteers
Contract and civil space industry employee volunteers
Mission: Working together in the community to promote the good will of the aerospace community.
Purpose: To join all civil and contract employees, families and friends of the Bay Area Houston aerospace community under one banner as we celebrate and demonstrate the generous spirit of our community.
Comprised of NASA, contractor and community representatives
Mission: To build a seamless partnership with JSC
Purpose: To enhance employee, contractor and community activities by providing coordinated planning, organization, communication and a process to review events to determine the overall value to all participants.
For more information on aerospace committees, please contact David Braun.
Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Aerospace Members
The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership includes over 50 aerospace contractor companies that support NASA and America’s Human Space Exploration Program. Below is a listing of BAHEP’s aerospace members, a link to their websites and a brief description of the work they do at JSC.
A2B Solutions, LLC
A2B Solutions provides management consulting services to clients that support federal government agencies. The company provides several areas of support that include growth strategy, marketing and business development. A2B Solutions also focuses on assisting small businesses in transforming their companies to mid and large size enterprises. A2B Solutions’ clientele consists mainly of federal government aerospace firms located across the United States. Main phone: 703-202-3922
Alliant Technologies, Inc. (ATK)
ATK provides launch systems solutions to commercial and government aerospace and defense companies. Solutions include ATK’s Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) and Booster Separation Motors used in NASA’s STS-123 Space Shuttle Endeavour launch and developmental engineering for the Ares launch vehicle. ATK is a lead manufacturer of strategic missiles and missile defense interceptors.
Al-Razaq Computing Services
Al-Razaq offers professional and technology integration services specializing in operations management and business systems integration for aerospace, energy, and other industries.
Anadarko Industries, LLC (AI)
AI is a small U.S. Business Administration (SBA) certified Native American tribal owned 8/a company. AI bids on government solicitations and pursues opportunities as a subcontractor to provide government technical services. AI core competencies include engineering, design and development manufacturing, facility management, reformation technology, configuration management, logistics and staffing services.
ARES (Applied Research and Engineering Sciences) is a high performance technology solutions provider in the areas of energy, defense, aerospace and infrastructure. ARES provides superior products and services, on time and within budget. Skill sets include: engineering, risk management, software/IT, and project management.
Astrium North America, Inc. (ANA)
ANA provides specific skill sets in the area of space flight hardware provisioning and integration, project and mission management, as well as manned space flight training and related software development and integration.
Barrios Technology, a woman-owned business, specializes in aerospace engineering and science, program planning and control, mission integration and operations, and software engineering and integration. For 30+ years, Barrios has demonstrated their mission to be the foremost small aerospace engineering services company providing extraordinary value to their customers, employees and communities.
Bastion’s projects range from supporting engineering, operations, manufacturing, and fabrication of major International Space Station segments to creating designs for small robotic components.
The Boeing Company
Boeing Space Exploration’s legacy began with the X-15, spanned to Apollo and continues with the Space Shuttle Program and the International Space Station. As NASA's largest contractor, Boeing Space Exploration provides engineering, software development, advanced research and light manufacturing for government and commercial customers with the Johnson Space Center and the International Space Station.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz-Allen Hamilton is a leading global consulting firm, that helps government and commercial clients solve their toughest problems with services in cyber security solutions, defense, intelligence, Base Realignment and Closure transitions, healthcare segments and financial reform, research, and information technology. Its clients are the world's largest corporations, emerging growth companies, government agencies, and institutions that want to change their organizations and the world for the better.
Cimarron Software Services, Inc.
Cimarron provides hardware and software development, deployment, operations and maintenance of the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center; real-time Space Station avionics development; commercial turnkey real-time control technology and communications; mobile communication systems for emergency operations.
Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC)
CSC operates the Mission Control Center’s power plant and provides operations and maintenance support services for facilities at NASA Johnson Space Center. Specifically, CSC provides facility repair and maintenance, utility operations, engineering, construction, energy management, and environmental, safety and quality support services throughout the Johnson complex, the Sonny Carter Training Facility and Ellington Field.
DB Consulting Group
DB Consulting began prime contract performance on the Information Technology and Multimedia Services (ITAMS) contract at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston in January 2011. For ITAMS, DB and its team members – MEI Technologies, Wyle, Booz Allen Hamilton, and JES Tech – provide products and services in four main areas: information technology, information management, multimedia services, and external relations/communications. The work is performed in Houston at JSC, Ellington Field, and Sonny Carter Training Facility and in New Mexico at the White Sands Test Facility. With all contract option years exercised, ITAMS is a five-year contract valued at $251.5 million.
DCI Services and Consulting, Inc.
DCI has two companies headquartered in Houston, TX, Diehl Chemical Inc. and DCI Services & Consulting. Diehl Chemical was founded by Rick and Beth Diehl in 1987 to provide independent petrochemical distribution solutions. DCI Services & Consulting (S&C) was formed as a Diehl Chemical subsidiary in August 2008. DCI S&C’s incorporated drive is to deliver “tip of the spear” systems engineering and integration solutions as a primary core competency. Additionally, a secondary core competency that supports all internal business activities and customers is implementing the Strategic Planning Lifecycle: strategic planning, business development, capture, and proposal solutions.
Eagle Medical & Life Sciences Group
Eagle headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. An Alaskan Native Corporation, Eagle is heavily concentrated in biomedical research and development offering the expertise of current staff or contract staff to meet the needs of its clients. Eagle’s primary customer base is the Department of Defense to include all disciplines of the military. The company works closely with the United States Air Force in both the research and development aspects of disease management as well as forecasting needs with regard to bio-surveillance. Eagle also works with NASA and the Centers for Disease Control on current contracts.
Encore Business Consulting, Inc.
Encore helps businesses and organizations implement change and improve performance. Owner Don Kelly is an expert in strategy development and the successful execution of strategic initiatives. We collaborate with your organization’s talents to deliver the desired improvements while achieving a high return-on-investment. To develop powerful solutions, we leverage our decades of corporate experience combined with proven best business practices, methods, and approaches.
ERC, with over 850 employees, is an engineering and scientific services firm providing independent assessment support, IT support, and operations and maintenance support to U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and commercial clients.
Futron Corporation’s services include decision management solutions, risk management, strategic communication, performance management, strategic studies and analysis, aviation safety, and program integration for aerospace leaders, private companies, investment houses, government agencies, and defense sector clients.
GB Tech offers mission-critical technical services: IT services and management, software test lab, data center, nationwide network of IT infrastructure installation affiliates, process & project assessment, logistics, safety engineering, and mission assurance.
GCS is characterized by the real-time systems development and integration services that it provides to NASA and its prime aerospace contractors. A particular dimension of the company is its experience in activities requiring a high measure of engineering research and development skill.
Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (HTSI)
Honeywell has provided outstanding professional and technical services to the U.S. government, foreign governments, and private industry worldwide. As a business unit of Honeywell Aerospace, HTSI draws upon the vast capabilities and resources of this leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems, and service solutions.
J&P Technologies provides software architecture and integration of the Mission Control Center (MCC) front-end telemetry processors and command servers, development and delivery of the International Space Station’s (ISS) Portable Computer System (PCS) graphical command and control displays and Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) components. It also provides lunar / Mars engineering trade studies, vehicle and systems engineering management support and hazard assessments for the Space Shuttle, ISS, Crew Exploration Vehicle and Project Constellation.
Jacobs Technology Inc.
Jacobs Technology operates all facilities and equipment for the Engineering Directorate at the Johnson Space Center. It provides engineering, flight hardware and software development, design, manufacturing assembly, IT systems and services, safety and mission assurance, configuration management, and quality systems hard science research and development.
JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
JAXA’s Houston office, which covers the southern area of the United States, serves mainly as a liaison office with NASA’s Johnson Space Center. JSC manages manned space programs, for which JAXA’s Houston office offers an extensive range of assistance, including the training of astronauts, the development, operation, and utilization of the International Space Station, and further cooperation for the human space exploration program.
JES Tech offers quality, cost-effective services such as program management, facilities management, scientific, technical, and engineering solutions to government and private sector industries. A HUBZone-certified small business, JES Tech is dedicated to promoting economic development and employment growth in low income communities.
L-3 STRATIS is a global provider of world-class information solutions, state-of-the-art communications, signal and imaging products, and systems support services. Its Civil Government Services Group focuses on core information technology to make its customers' complex information and spacecraft systems dependable, manageable and secure. As a team, it partners with NASA to develop, implement, support and maintain NASA’s mission-critical information systems.
Lockheed Martin leverages extensive capabilities and experience in large-scale systems integration, planetary exploration, the resupply of Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) cargo, human space-flight systems and operations, human factors engineering, food systems development, launch vehicles, commercial satellites, autonomous flight systems, facility maintenance and operations, and control-center design, development and operations. Lockheed’s NASA supported Orion multi-purpose Crew Exploration Vehicle will open a new era of American human space exploration beyond low Earth orbit to the ISS, the moon, and eventually to Mars.
Logical Innovations, Inc.
Logical Innovations, Inc. is a small, disadvantaged business (SDB) with strengths in program and project management, IT support services, training design, development, delivery and performance improvement. Additional strengths lie in administrative customer, conference, and outreach services as well as documentation, data, configuration, and logistics management.
ManTech is one of the U.S. government's leading providers of innovative technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs supporting the intelligence community; the Departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security and Justice; the space community; and other federal government agencies. Its expertise covers systems engineering, software development, enterprise security architecture, information assurance, intelligence operations support, network and critical infrastructure protection, information technology, communications integration and engineering support. ManTech is the prime contractor for the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center.
MEI Technologies, Inc.
A nationwide technology company, MEI Technologies , Inc. offers innovative, best-value services and solutions in applied engineering, IT/cyber security, and research and development to public and private sector customers in the aerospace, defense, optical and biotechnology markets worldwide. Its expertise spans numerous areas: engineering services, IT/cyber security, payload integration, test and evaluation, advanced power systems and advanced communications.
MRI is a successful NASA prime contractor with an award winning reputation for excellence. Founded in 1988, it is a woman-owned 8(a) small business specializing in engineering design and development, Web design and development, integration planning and configuration management, metric planning and analysis, project management information systems, program office support and computer based training. MRI uses a structured teamwork approach and continually invests in its team members' and the company’s future success through ongoing research, cross-training, and employee development programs.
National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI)
NSBRI is working on countermeasures to the health, physical and psychological related challenges men and women will face on long-duration missions to ensure safe and productive human space flight. NSBRI scientists and physicians are developing technologies to provide medical monitoring, diagnosis and treatment in the extreme environments of the moon and Mars while transferring the solutions to patients here on earth suffering from similar conditions, including osteoporosis, muscle wasting, shift-related sleep disorders, balance disorders and cardiovascular system problems.
Neptec is a leader in the design of software and hardware for space, healthcare, aerospace, defense and security applications. Main products of this company include: the Space Vision System (SVS), which is installed on the shuttle and the International Space Station. SVS provides real time cues necessary for the assembly of the ISS. The Laser Camera System (LCS) provides rapid, high precision, 3D scanning for metrology, inspection and digital pre-assembly applications. CareCampanion provides integrated live video, voice and data communications between a patient at home and his or her care provider.
Oceaneering Space Systems, Inc. (OSS)
OSS and Oceaneering Thermal Systems (OTS) are ISO 9001 certified divisions of Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE:OII). OSS offers complete solutions for astronaut and robotic equipment, telescience and biotechnology products, thermal carriers, automated material processing, human life support technologies, space logistics services, and spacecraft assembly and repair.
Orbital Sciences Corporation
Orbital satellites include geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) satellites for communications and broadcasting, low Earth orbit (LEO) spacecraft that perform remote sensing and scientific research, spacecraft used for national security missions, and planetary probes to explore deep space. Orbital’s launch vehicles rockets transport satellites into orbit; interceptor booster vehicles deploy to protect against enemy missile attack; and target rockets are used to test missile defense systems. In addition, Orbital provides full service engineering, production and technical services for NASA, DoD, commercial and academic space programs.
Paragon Space Development Corporation
Paragon is an expert in thermal control for spacecraft on orbit and during re-entry, as well as hyper-velocity aircraft. It is an emerging preferred supplier of thermal control and Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) and subsystem design for the aerospace industry including for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle. Government clients include the Department of Defense and NASA.
Raytheon Technical Services Company
Raytheon’s Aerospace Engineering Services (AES) has enjoyed a rich history of supporting NASA’s space flight training since 1962. AES has developed each critical mission simulator for each NASA manned space program including Apollo, Skylab, Spacelab, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station. AES designs and develops complex simulators that replicate real-world space vehicle performance.
The Rothe Companies
Rothe specializes in government facility and capacity commercialization, with specific capability to integrate external customers into the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), the Logistics and Mockup Facility (LMF), and the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF) on the NBL/SVMF Operations Contract (NSOC). Rothe also provides high-end information technology services to defense and intelligence operations.
SAIC’s Assurance Engineering Operation supports the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs; airborne remote sensors research and development; expendable launch vehicle operations; and advanced programs and projects, such as the second generation reusable launch vehicle, and Mars exploration. In addition to its government contracts, SAIC offers a wide range of assurance engineering services to commercial clients in the aerospace, semi-conductor equipment, medical device manufacturing, petrochemical, and offshore drilling technology sectors.
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SNC, is the top woman-owned federal contractor in the United States. SNC is a world-class prime systems integrator and electronic systems provider known for its rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions. Fast-growing and widely diversified, SNC is a high-tech electronics, engineering, and manufacturing corporation that continues to expand its impressive portfolio of capabilities, products and services. SNC has approximately 50 years of tradition in developing and providing high technology electronics, avionics, and communications systems and continues to acquire new capabilities in the areas of renewable energy, telemedicine, nanotechnology, cyber and net-centric operations.
Founded in 2002, SmithOps is a minority, woman-owned small business. SmithOps’ customers include the NASA Johnson Space Center where its services include program and project support for Space Shuttle, Space Station, and Constellation in such areas as strategic planning, rollup schedules for stakeholder reviews, execution schedules, and progress tracking. SmithOps is also an incubator for commercial technologies with several products in development including a heavy-lift dexterous manipulator for bomb disposal called MantisTM and an iPhone-based management tool for dispersed teams called DataViewTM.
Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc.
Stinger Ghaffarian supports seven (7) NASA centers with full life-cycle engineering services, scientific analysis, project management, and information technology services incorporating its expertise in the use of MS Project, Primavera, PertMaster, Cobra, and other scheduling and EVMS tools.
Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.
Teledyne Brown provides products and services focused on protecting America, expanding national interests in space, and improving environmental safety. Systems engineering and hardware in the loop simulation are key core competencies, and TBE also maintains significant capabilities in manufacturing space and nuclear qualified hardware. The company also employs the only individual in the United States with 22 Level III certifications in Nondestructive Testing.
Tietronix Software Inc.
Tietronix is a full-service provider of custom software applications and advanced technology solutions. The company specializes in software engineering, business applications development, software product development and vertical markets solutions. The company’s reputation for quality is perhaps best exemplified by the continuous, successful delivery of complex, mission-critical systems for NASA’s Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs.
United Space Alliance (USA)
USA is a world leader in space operations including work and support for complex mission operations and for multi-vehicle, multi-crew missions, ISS, as well as capabilities to space operations customers in all space market sectors.
Universities Space Research Association
A non-profit, USRA provides a collaborative membership organization where universities, research organizations, the U.S. government and other entities may cooperate effectively with each other. USRA operates institutes, centers, and programs including the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Division of Space Life Sciences, Education Programs Office, and the Undergraduate Student Research Program.
UTC Aerospace Systems
UTC Aerospace Systems offers a unique combination of products and services to support the space flight industry. UTC Aerospace Systems is a proven supplier of more than 50 EVA hardware projects and plays a critical role on several key NASA programs including the Shuttle Extravehicular Mobility Unit, the Shuttle Waste Collector Subsystem, the EVA/Robotics Hardware and Equipment contract, and the Environmental Control/Life Support Subsystem Support contract.