Parsons [PSN] on Wednesday said it has extended its partnership with teammate Adaptive Launch Solutions (ALS) for additional satellite integration work beyond a Space Force small satellite integration contract that Parsons won last year.
The success of the teaming dating back last year to the Launch Manifest Systems Integrator (LMSI) program led to the establishment of the new strategic partnership between Parsons and ALS, a Parson’s spokesman told Defense Daily.
“The combination of Parsons and ALS will continue unlocking the potential of the space domain for our customers,” Aarish Gokaldas, executive vide president of Parsons Space and Geospatial Solutions market, said in a statement. “The team’s scalable, end-to-end launch operations will optimize the space mission, from planning to hardware solutions and payload integration, and finally to separation in orbit, resulting in more options and simpler launch vehicle systems interfaces.”
Parsons in February 2019 won a five-year, $100 million contract from Air Force Space and Missile Command for small satellite integration for multi-manifest satellite vehicles on national security missions. ALS is teamed with Parsons for the LMSI program, which is now managed by the recently created Space Force.
Last August, the team successfully completed its first mission integration of a CubeSat that was launched aboard an Atlas V rocket that also carried the Advanced Extremely High Frequency 5 communications satellite into space. For Space Force’s launch this month of the AEHF-6 satellite, Parsons and its teammates have integrated a small payload for the flight.
ALS, a small disadvantaged business based in San Diego, provides a wide range of small satellite multi-manifest launch services including marketing, contracts, program management, mission integration, engineering, manufacturing design, integration, assembly, test management and launch campaign support, Parsons said.