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Metis to play key role in NASA near-Earth mission services

(1 July 2019 - Metis Technology Solutions) Metis Technology Solutions will play a key role in providing flight operations and sustaining services for NASA’s Near Earth missions.

Last week the fast-growing space mission support company, which is a frequent service provider to both the U.S. Air Force and NASA, was selected as a subcontractor to Peraton, Inc. for NASA’s Space Exploration Network Services and Evolution (SENSE) work.

The SENSE contract includes a broad scope of work over a five-year ordering period with a maximum value of $1.8 billion. Metis will focus its support on operations, maintenance, and engineering services, which includes support for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS). The TDRS system consists of 10 in-orbit satellites that provide near continuous information relay service to missions like the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.

“It is an honor to work with Peraton, which provides innovative, reliable solutions to the nation’s most sensitive and mission-critical programs and systems,” said Joy Colucci, president and CEO of Metis. “We are inspired and energized by the opportunity the SENSE contract brings and look forward to contributing advanced technologies and expert support for some of NASA’s most complex and vital missions.”

Metis has a successful track record of providing ongoing ground systems work for NASA and Peraton and brings high level expertise to the mission science teams planning events such as launches and orbital insertions. In addition to SENSE, Metis provides network planning and operations support for Peraton’s work with JPL to operate and maintain the Deep Space Network, which ensures the constant, uninterrupted flow of data from exploration missions to Mars, asteroids, the Sun and other objects in space.

“Our ongoing collaboration with Metis brings a high level of excellence to our ground systems work for NASA,” said Ronna Kirchoff, vice president, Civil Space at Peraton. “Metis is an important contributor to SENSE and we have great confidence in its expertise in space mission operations including integrated planning and scheduling, and its depth of experience in hardware, software and systems engineering.”

About Metis

Founded in 2010, Metis Technology Solutions provides science and engineering services to NASA, the US Air Force, and other Federal agencies. Its capabilities and experience include space systems development and operations, modeling and simulation in support of aviation and aerospace research, computing systems development and sustaining engineering. Based in Albuquerque, NM with offices in six states across the country, Metis is a woman-owned small business providing critical support for space missions, satellite operations, and aeronautics-related work.