System Provides Critical Communications Among Stennis Rocket Test Team Members

Subsystem Multiplexer (Sub-MUX)
Quintron Systems
Santa Maria, CA

NASA has awarded Quintron Systems an Indefinite-Delivery- Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract, and the first task order is for a command and control communications system that will be used at the rocket engine test stands at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Alabama. This task order includes approximately 250 multi-channel communication key sets, of which 160 are certified for use within hazardous fuel areas.

The new system is comprised of Quintron’s Subsystem Multiplexer (Sub-MUX) product line that had been previously selected to support communications needs at major ballistic and spacelift launch sites at Cape Canaveral, FL and Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. The digital-based DICES Sub- MUX system will provide critical communications among all rocket test team members, and is capable of supporting simultaneous test activities among the four existing rocket engine test stands that are widely distributed for safety reasons. Quintron will also supply new fiber multiplexing equipment for all SSC intersite connections.

The IDIQ contract provides for procurement activity through 2012, and the initial task order delivery will be completed by June 2009. Add-on tasks are anticipated as designs are finalized at each of the test stands. In addition, a new test stand is in construction to support the Ares-class rocket motors that will be part of the Constellation program for the space shuttle replacement, and the next-generation spacelift vehicles for missions to the Moon and beyond.

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