National Technical awarded $500K contract from HSFL

National Technical Systems announced that it has signed a contract with Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory, or HSFL, to design, build and test a rocket and satellite launching system called the Super Strypi Launcher. HSFL is affiliated with the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and its School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, or SOEST, and College of Engineering. The project manager is the Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space Office or ORS located at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. This effort supports the ORS-4 mission demonstrating a new, low-cost small launch capability that will deliver 300 kilogram satellites to Low-Earth Orbit. The contract, currently valued at more than $500,000, includes the precision fabrication of a rail system and structural steel boom for the launching system. NTS will then design and conduct a series of tests to analyze the strength and mobility of the launcher as well as the proper functioning of its rail slides and its electronic control system before shipping the entire launching system to Kaua'i. The HSFL project is part of the University of Hawai'i's effort to accelerate the validation of new space technologies while providing workforce training for its students in all aspects of unmanned space missions. HSFL is dedicated to developing, launching and operating small spacecraft from the Hawaiian Islands.

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