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    SDC Advances Fiber Optic Sensing Technology in Composite Structures

    NASA Johnson Selects SDC as their 2017 Small Business Subcontractor of the Year


    SAN DIEGO, CA, February 2018 – San Diego Composites (SDC) has been recognized as NASA Johnson Space Center’s (JSC) 2017 Small Business Subcontractor of the Year. Each of NASA’s centers annually recognize a small business for their contributions throughout the year. In 2017, SDC was selected based on contributions that include both direct flight program supsport like the Orion program as well as numerous SBIR and CRAD research and development programs.

    SDC and NASA JSC Representatives with Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award
    SDC and NASA with 2017 JSC Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award

    Since 2009, SDC has supported NASA’s Orion spacecraft development in a number of different roles, providing services that range from materials characterization to large hardware manufacture and structural acceptance testing. In 2017, SDC completed the first shipments of Orion Launch Abort System hardware to be used in Exploration Mission 1 – the uncrewed first flight of the new Space Launch System rocket and Orion. In addition to flight program support, SDC and NASA have collaborated on a number of research and development programs, the breadth of which includes development of structural health monitoring (SHM) algorithms, additive manufacturing of space-borne structures, and deployable, inflatable structures. SDC’s contributions support of NASA’s objective of increasing exploratory mission capabilities and increasing the range of manned space flight missions.

    SDC will receive the announced award at the upcoming NCMA Small Business Conference in Houston, TX. Additionally, SDC will be highlighted in a NASA-published awards compendium available in the near future.

    For more background on the award, view NASA’s award announcement on their website here.

    To learn more about SDC’s space programs and capabilities, contact Ken Mercer at (858) 751-0450.

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