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SAS announces expanded human Spaceflight Safety Services to support deep space & lunar missions

(10 October 2018 - Special Aerospace Services) Special Aerospace Services (SAS) today announced the offering of expanded Spaceflight Safety Products and Services that now include support for deep space and lunar missions.

SAS developed the expanded line of engineering services to cover the next phase of human spaceflight that will be initiated by inaugural test launches and first human launches in the coming year.

“Human spaceflight is on the verge of experiencing a renaissance thanks to the recent entry into the industry by multiple commercial organizations,” said Tim Bulk, SAS Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer. “We believe our new tools and services can offer a cost-effective and improved safety solution to these new systems.”

Over the last 12 years, SAS has been amassing a database of system safety analysis and lessons learned from historical NASA human-certified spacecraft. Through the SAS suite of tools and team of experienced system safety and human spaceflight system engineers, the Boulder firm is now offering the following human spaceflight services customized for deep space and lunar missions:

  • Certification of Flight Readiness (CoFR),
  • Informed Consent Services,
  • Independent Launch Readiness Review, and
  • Expanded Systems Safety Review Services.

“The SAS Team is pleased to offer these expanded services and capabilities that will reduce the risk and development time of human spaceflight and significantly improve the probability of mission success,” said Wayne Hale, SAS Executive Director for Strategic Services and Human Spaceflight.

Spaceflight Safety is an SAS proprietary and comprehensive approach using programmatic, engineering, and mission assurance methodologies and expertise for achieving success in commercial, deep space and suborbital space launch operations.

“We have been supporting our clients actively in pursuit of human spaceflight and expanded services to NASA and the emerging market, as we see realization of these historic launches in 2019,” said Bulk. “As new missions are being discussed and developed, the SAS Team has been quietly working on improved safety approaches for the Lunar Gateway and future lunar landers.”

SAS Company overview

Founded in 2006, SAS is an 8(a) certified, woman owned small business with its headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. SAS provides strategic support to further the capabilities of our clients’ endeavors in air and space. We leverage our experienced team’s unique capabilities, both from industry and government, to ensure strategic superiority, program execution and tactical success.

SAS is comprised of an experienced and dedicated team of visionaries, systems engineers, scientists and space operation specialists that are ready to support space missions directly or through the prime contractors. This strong team has experience in every developed human spaceflight vehicle, all currently produced U.S. launch systems including foreign developed human capable systems, liquid and solid propulsion technology, software systems, spacecraft integration, trajectory simulation, requirement assessment and evaluation, mission assurance, independent review, hazard analysis, and contractor insight.

Through our proven services, analysis, systems development, and insight, SAS has supported the successful development of many current launch vehicles, and spacecraft systems both manned and unmanned for NASA.

SAS and SAS Manufacturing have received our 8(a) Certification through the Small Business Administration. SAS has had tremendous success working as an agile, creative and technically rich team member with other organizations.