NASA Spinoff

To handle the complicated launch coordination safely, NASA found ways to automate mission-critical applications, resulting in streamlined decision-making.
CCT was contracted by Goddard to provide range safety decision support systems for the test facility at Wallops, as well as process telemetry and radar acquisition data and assist with early analysis for a redesign of the range control center. At Wallops, CCTK also monitors U.S. Navy launches at the site conducted by the nearby Naval Air Systems Command along the Patuxent River in Maryland.

The Virginia Space Flight Facility, also located at Wallops, has been using CCTK to automate its remote control rocket cryogenic fueling systems. Adding this capability is one of the first steps in gearing the facility for more commercial launches, as it greatly increases the safety of launches by minimizing human exposure to hazardous conditions. CCT was recently contracted by the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority to design and develop a new launch vehicle fueling control system that will support the newly designed Orbital Sciences Taurus II launch vehicle, as well as other launch vehicles using the commercial pads at Wallops.

CCT also received Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding from the Air Force Research Laboratory to create gateways from various weapons systems to surveillance platforms. It collects information, integrates it into a common data format, and then presents the information so that military decision makers have access to all of the critical information. Additional government projects have included designing command and control systems for border protection that integrate radar, seismic, infrared, and proximity sensor data with auto-tracking cameras and automatic dispatch systems. These systems provide the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with accurate, real-time border security information. With an area as large as a border equipped with a wide variety of sensors, collecting and analyzing data to determine threats can be a daunting task. CCTK helps integrate the data and improve the quality of information that border patrol agents use to make interdiction decisions.

Having demonstrated success with its government clients, CCT has entered the commercial markets. Potential industrial avenues include energy generation, process control, and manufacturing.

For all of the technical support that NASA has shown CCT, the company has been able to reciprocate in turn by providing the Space Agency with valuable launch services and range safety research and development support.

CCTK™ is a trademark of Command and Control Technologies Corporation.

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