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September 14, 2015 - Thanks

ERC Family, I cannot explain in words how amazing the last 4 years have been working at ERC. The way that everyone is treated like family and cares for one another is something I will hold onto and is a trait I will try to keep no matter where my future leads. It is with a heavy heart that I have made the decision to leave ERC and pursue an opportunity that my wife, Jill, and I think is best for our family. This by far has been one of the most difficult decisions that Jill and I have had to make...
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August 21, 2015 - METTS Contract Award

August 21, 2015 CONTRACT RELEASE C15-031 NASA Awards Contract for Engineering, Trades Support Services NASA has selected Aerie Aerospace LLC of Huntsville, Alabama to provide engineering technicians and trades support services at the Marshall Space Flight Center, also in Huntsville, and Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The contract begins on Oct. 1 with a one-year base period, followed by four one-year options. The performance-based, cost-plus-award-fee, mission services contract with a...
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August 14, 2015 - New Way to Perform Ultrasonic Inspection on NASA Test Articles

Recently, Jason Eldridge, one of our ESSSA employees who works at Marshall Space Flight Center, won an Innovation Award for the Materials and Processes Laboratory.  Jason’s job is to use ultrasonic technology to inspect for any defects in welds on test articles that pass through the Center.  An issue he has encountered in using the ultrasonic scan is that he must have water in between the ultrasonic device and the area he is inspecting (ultrasonic scans do not like and air between the s...
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Katie Smith Serving Lemonade

July 07, 2015 - Youth Encouraged to get Involved in Community Service

By Kellie Singleton Staff Writer- Times Daily Katie Smith stood under a tent at the annual Phil Campbell Hoedown Festival, selling lemonade to raise funds, but unlike most children and teens, the money wasn’t going into her pocket at the end of the day — it was going to her hometown. For the fifth straight year, Smith, 13, sold lemonade to raise money for a community service project in the Phil Campbell area. This year’s proceeds will go toward beautification projects at Phil Campbell High...
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Luminary for Relay for Life

June 29, 2015 - TOSC 2015 Relay for Life

Article by Mary Banasik   FIGHT AS ONE, WE WIN FOR ALL!!! What a glorious weekend for Relay in Titusville, FL this past May 2nd & 3rd!! J Prayers were well answered with sunny skies and low humidity alongside the high in the low 80”s, the JCARES4EVER Relay team was out in full force. After months of fundraising putting on numerous lunches (total of 6), baked good sales and drawings and even ice cream socials we were able to surpass our fundraising goal of $10,000! Kudos to all our ERC...
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June 16, 2015 - Silver Snoopy Award Winners

Recently three ERC employees Robin Osborne (ESSSA), Mary Fry (TOSC), and Mark Smith (TOSC) were each awarded a Silver Snoopy.  Congratulation to each of you from your ERC Family!  Please see below for a short write up highlighting the work each of these individuals has done to receive this prestigious award. Robin Osborne, a propulsion engineer for MSFC who designs engine components for next generation space launch systems, has been instrumental in developing testing of engine systems, and des...
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May 06, 2015 - Feed the Hungry Program

Grace Resource Center mission is to empower people to thrive with dignity through training, education, food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. It has been serving the Antelope Valley for twenty years. Today, Grace Resource Center (GRC) touches the lives of over 15,000 people each month by meeting real needs with a touch of Grace. The Shelter has 51 beds, 12 family units, and 110 emergency beds and provides breakfast and dinner for over 75 people every day. The annual budget is over $600,000.0...
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May 04, 2015 - ERC Halloween Cruise

Recently a group of ERC employees at Kennedy Space Center had a great idea to see if they could get a discounted rate for ERC employees to go on a cruise.  Todd White, the leader of this group, made this happen!  Please see the information below if you think you would be in interested in a Royal Caribbean Cruise leaving from Port Canaveral, FL on October 30th 2015- November 2nd 2015. Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Sea’s – Port Canaveral, FL. October 30th – November 2nd...
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April 28, 2015 - Roscoe Lee’s Story

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlBC1nw__vc[/youtube] Thanks Roscoe for the amazing work you have done and are still doing!!
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April 21, 2015 - ERC Employees Experience Tanegashima, Japan

Tanegashima (Tane-ga-shima) Island, lying in the Pacific Ocean, off the southern coast of mainland Japan, is not only a tropical paradise, but also supports an international effort to expand our knowledge of the universe, as well as the continuous study of our earth from space. In addition, it’s the location of the largest space center in Japan, the Tanegashima Space Center, from which many satellites and rockets are launched and the headquarters of JAXA, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Age...
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April 08, 2015 - Launch Equipment Shop (LES)

Recently Geno Digiovanni, a ERC employee in the LES Machine Shop at Kennedy Space Center, sent ERC some fantastic pictures of their current work.  Below is a short description on what the LES Machine shop does and a gallery of their current work. Thanks to Geno for sharing this and to all the other ERC employees who are helping to do such wonderful work! The LES Machine Shop is strategically located in the heart of Kennedy Space Center, The Technical Shop is a state of the art AS 9001 REV C C...
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March 25, 2015 - TOSC Team observes successful ATK Booster Test Firing in Promontory

From the TOSC Times: The largest, most powerful rocket ever built made a successful debut during a historical test firing conducted at the Orbital ATK Test Facility in Promontory, UT on March 11, 2015 and a skilled TOSC Team witnessed the newsworthy event. The TOSC Team, which was comprised of the following engineers/technicians: Lon Coffin, Eric Duffin, Alex Jevitt, Josh Mercado, Jim Schick, Kenny Wright and Mike Wyckoff, supported the vital Integrated Product and Process Development (IPPD) rev...
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March 12, 2015 - ERC Employees Inspire Our Youth

Recently two of our ERC operations had the chance to inspire and ignite a flame in our youth.  We are extremely proud of all ERC employees who took time out of their busy schedules to speak to and teach our youth about the important work we do. First, Mike Parrish from our Kennedy Space Center (KSC) operation had the opportunity to teach college students about the Launch Operations and Vehicle Processing that is done at KSC.  Here is a write up from Mike about his experience: Everyone once in...
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February 24, 2015 - Save A Life

Written By Kevin Berry: Donating blood is one of the most common ways volunteers support others in our society. As someone who donated over 6 gallons early in my life, and later needed transfusions, I can testify to the great feeling that comes from knowing I helped someone out, and how grateful I was when I needed it. Well, there’s another way to help, and all it takes to get started is a cheek swab. People who are victims of “blood cancers” – myeloma, leukemia, and lymphoma – sometim...
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February 17, 2015 - Our Very Own Soccer Star!

Good morning ERC Family, Brian Hadley was recently spotted in soccer action by Karen Wu (Ernie’s sister).  She told Ernie how impressed she was with Brian’s talent.  Karen sent me some additional details so I could share with the ERC family: “In January, I had the chance to watch Brian play in an indoor soccer tournament. The stakes were high…tournament champions would qualify for the National Indoor Soccer Championship!  Brian’s team won!  Their success was in part...
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February 10, 2015 - The ERC JETS Team Comes Together To Raise a Roof!

It was a cold but sunny Saturday morning when a “crew” of ERC employees from JETS came together to work on part of a home that is being built for a needy family in Texas City.  When we first arrived on site, we were given our assignment for the day:  build the storage shed in the back yard and help finish the framing on the eaves on the back of the house.   The construction forman took us to the cement slab that had been poured, then showed us the multiple piles of wood we would need, alo...
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February 06, 2015 - NASA Transfers Software to Army, Savings Taxpayers Millions

Recent Article from the Marshall Star NASA has transferred software to the Army, potentially saving the government nearly $4 million. “NASA has always been at the forefront of good stewardship with the taxpayer’s dollars, and this initiative is no exception,” said Gary Kennedy, NASA representative for the Metrology and Calibration Laboratory at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “Sharing these procedures enhances the Army capability to perform more ...
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January 28, 2015 - Village of Promise

ERC has been supporting the Village of Promise for the past several years.  The Village of Promise serves the needs of children and families from cradle to college to career in distressed neighborhoods. Education, health, enrichment programs and family support services are simply what we do to help each child succeed in school. Our initial efforts are focused in the neighborhood surrounding University Place Elementary School, Montview Elementary School, Westlawn Middle School and Butler H...
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January 15, 2015 - Super Caleb 5K/1Mile RunWalk

On Saturday, December 20, 2015, over 200 ERC Employees, family, friends and local residents participated in the Super Caleb 5K/1Mile RunWalk held at the Chain of Lakes in Titusville, FL. This was a fundraising RunWalk to raise money to help cover expenses for Super Caleb Horvath; the grandson of Brett Raulerson, and ERC employee, who works in Florida on the TOSC contract. Caleb Horvath is an extremely vibrant and strong-willed three-year-old who has stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma Cancer. Day in and da...
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December 11, 2014 - Laser Mass Spectrometer

Dr. Simon Clemett, a Senior Scientist for ERC on the JSC Engineering, Technology, and Science (JETS) contract, designed and built a state-of-the-art second generation two-step laser mass spectrometer capable of analyzing the organic composition of samples at micron spatial resolution with sub-femtomole sensitives. For any non-scientists out there, this device allows Simon to measure EXTREMELY small cometary dust particles gathered as part of the STARDUST mission.  To give you a sense of how s...
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December 09, 2014 - Movember

This year ERC adopted the “Movember Movement” across our locations around the country, all for the good cause of supporting men’s health awareness.  The Movember cause was first brought to ERC by Chris Dateo (ERC STRAD).  He thought the experience of growing a good “stache” for the month of November should be shared by all ERC folks…and so we did it!! Team ERC was launched, with the theme of “Where Every Bro Grows,”  and so the growing began.  Many ERC Bro’s started the mon...
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November 18, 2015 - Company Store Relaunch

Our ERC Company Store has been given a much needed update! We are relaunching it with several new items including those pictured here as well as long time favorites such as our mugs, pens, and ball caps. Show your ERC pride and visit the store via ERCnet at https://ercnet.erc-incorporated.com. Be sure to check back often as we will continue to add new merchandise in the coming months. If you have questions regarding any of the merchandise, contact Sandra Manning at 256-327-9172 or smanning@erc-i...
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November 06, 2014 - ERC HQ becomes a Spooky Spectacular for Halloween

Kathy Carter, the official ERC Halloween Party Queen, worked feverishly to transform Headquarters into a ghoulish and creepy space this year.  From the moment brave visitors entered the building, they were greeted with a huge hanging zombie, monster spiders and webs and ghosts…oh my!  Anyone that dared to enter the elevator was stalked by a bloody, dark zombie looming overhead…only to find themselves in the hallows of Creepy Corporate ERC! The timing of the most recent Purpose Driven Leade...
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October 07, 2014 - Tour de Cure

On Sunday, September 14, 2014, Team ERC rode in the Tour de Cure in Temecula, CA. The Tour de Cure is a fundraising ride to raise money for the American Diabetes Association. The ride began at 7:30 AM and was 28 miles long, cycling through the beautiful Southern California wine country. Team ERC had five riders this year, including Steve Chambreau (Team Captain, riding his 6th Tour de Cure), Kara Mbuko (on her 3rd Tour de Cure), Josiah Reams, and Paul and Sandy Zuttarelli. They finished the ride...
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September 26, 2014 - Hispanic Heritage Month: Dr. Denisse Soto

An Interview with Dr. Denisse Soto Senior Scientist, ERC Incorporated What is your position at the lab? I work on internal research projects, primarily in computational modeling and simulations to demonstrate the capability to predict the structures, stabilities, and properties of new energetic materials. This has been my job since I got here two and half years ago. Where did you get your degrees from, and in what area? Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2006 and PhD in Chemical Eng...
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September 11, 2014 - STRAD Habitat For Humanity Build

On Saturday, July 26, a team of volunteers from ERC STRAD joined together to build a playhouse for Habitat for Humanity.  The playhouse is for a 6-year-old girl named Karla, who suffers from Spina Bifida.  “Princess Karla’s Playhouse” is a specially designed wheelchair-accessible house, built just for this sweet little girl – just in time for her 6th birthday!  The windows and door knobs are the perfect height for Karla, and she has plenty of room to enjoy. Thank you to the amazing te...
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September 05, 2014 - Ice Bucket Challenges From Around The Country

Most of us know how viral the Ice Bucket Challenge (IBC) has become around the world.  For those who do not know, the IBC was created to raise awareness for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS, often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability ...
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August 28, 2014 - Huntsville Alabama: A Smart Place

ERC employees who do not work in Huntsville, Alabama may have found themselves asking, at some point in time, why did ERC decide to locate their headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama?  Below is a video that gives an overview of what Huntsville is all about.  Even if you live in Huntsville, this video provides some interesting facts about our community that you might not know. P.S.  If you watch closely you may recognize a couple of our ERC executives at minute mark 2:27! [youtube]http://youtu.b...
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August 12, 2014 - A Night with Coach Saban

We are very lucky to work for a company that values both the needs of our community and the lives of its employees. On July 15, ERC sponsored a table of eight at the Leaders and Legends Annual Dinner supporting the Boys and Girls Club of greater Huntsville, AL. Michelle Armstrong, ERC Charitable and Community Outreach Coordinator, asked Greg Downes and myself to “host” the ERC table by welcoming the employees selected to attend the event. We were joined at our table by Ms. Susan Bailey (RTC ...
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August 06, 2014 - Bronze Eagle Flying Club

ERC has been a proud sponsor of the Bronze Eagles Flying Club of Houston, TX for many years.  Our very own Darryl Smith, ERC’s Program Manager for the JETS contract, is a skilled pilot with a passion for flying.  As a member of the Bronze Eagles Flying Club, Darryl passes along that passion for flying and aviation to teenagers by participating in the annual Les Morris Flight Academy. The Flight Academy is a joint venture between the Black Pilots of America (BPA), Bronze Eagles Flying Club, a...
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July 18, 2014 - Hypervelocity Impact Testing- White Sands Test Facility

In the movie Gravity, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) are astronauts performing a space walk outside Space Shuttle Explorer, working on the Hubble Telescope. The plot of the movie quickly thickens when Mission Control notifies them that an attempt by the Russians to decommission a satellite by a missile strike has gone terribly wrong, causing significant space debris that puts their team at risk. Quite an interesting turn of events for a storyline; however, muc...
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July 11, 2014 - Johnson Space Center Lunar Lab Tour

People at NASA/Johnson Space Center (JSC) get to do a lot of cool things.  Arguably one of the coolest is working in the Lunar Sample Lab. On July 9, four ERC employees, Antha Adkins, Brian Petty, Darryl Smith, and K’Aura Lyons, toured this lab with Andrea Mosie, courtesy of fellow ERC employee Ann Kascak, who works there making sure the right rocks get to the right researcher with the right paperwork.  It is a job where carelessness is not an option – every detail has to be exactly correc...
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June 30, 2014 - Relay for Life- Titusville, Florida

Team JCARES4EVER Captured First Place at Relay for Life, Titusville, FL by raising $7,526 in First Year of Participation! Kudos to all nine ERC Employees who participated on the JCARES4EVER Relay for Life Team!  Out of the 24 teams that participated and raised $29,848 as of June 13 to help the American Cancer Society fight against cancer, Team JCARES4EVER came in first place! The JCARES4EVER team, which totaled 20 walkers (including the nine ERC Employees), held many fundraising activities in M...
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June 23, 2014 - ERC Engineers Help Design SLS Special Test Equipment

            I have been working for ERC for around 6 years. I have spent that time working at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in the test area, designing Special Test Equipment (STE), initially for the Constellation Program and now for the Space Launch System (SLS) Program.  I am currently working on the design of the SLS Engine Section (ES) Test structure that will introduce all loads seen at launch into the Structure Test Assembly (STA). This test will be per...
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June 09, 2014 - Albert’s Retirement and Michele Armstrong Introduction

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May 29, 2014 - Huntsville Metro Area Relay for Life Event

Over the past few months some ERC employees in the Huntsville area have been working hard to raise funds for the Huntsville Relay for Life event. Stacy Riley, Matt Matoushek, and Randy Stevens captained and spearheaded the fundraising events for the Huntsville ERC team, and set a goal to raise $10,000. With the help of a few cookouts, our expert BBQ Chef, Kody Henley, and an awesome group of ERC volunteers, we were able to not only reach, but exceed, our goal. In the end, the ERC team raised ove...
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May 19, 2014 - Finding Time for Fitness

Contractors, civil servants, and military at the Air Force Research Laboratory take advantage of an on-site gym to make fitness a priority during lunch. In addition to a daily basketball game, there are currently four different classes offered at the gym – spinning, CrossFit, Zumba and Aikido. 3 of those 4 classes are taught by ERC employees. Currently, roughly 20% of the people on the RPS2 contract include lunchtime exercise in their daily routines. CrossFit is the principal strength and con...
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May 07, 2014 - Discoveries on the Earth’s Moon and Mars

On the JSC Engineering, Technology and Science (JETS) contract, ERC employee Simon Clemett recently co-authored two manuscripts that have been published by Sciencemag.org and BBC news.  One of these has implications for the Moon and the other for Mars. The first is entitled “Organic Matter on the Earth’s Moon”  by Kathie Thomas-Keprta, Simon Clemett et al. This is the first report of organic matter detected  in any lunar material in over 40 years of studying Apollo samples. The authors...
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April 30, 2014 - Fly Fishing and Fly Tying

Below is a video from Brandon Bailes, who works on the Marshall Engineering Technicians and Trades Support (METTS) contract.  Brandon has a passion for fly fishing and happens to also tie his own flies that he uses as bait.  This video shows us the steps Brandon uses when making his own flies. Below the video are pictures of fish that he has caught using the types of flies shown.  We hope all of our ERC fisherman and the rest of our ERC family enjoy this video! Remember to comment if you wou...
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April 24, 2014 - Pressure Vessels and Systems Awards

On April 15, 22 ERC employees were recognized for completing a two-year program that brought the Pressure Vessels and Systems back up to code for Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Employees from our Marshall Engineering Technicians and Trades Support (METTS) and Engineering and Science Services and Skills Augmentation (ESSSA) contracts were recognized with NASA Silver Medals and certificates signed by the NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. We, too, want to thank our employees who supported th...
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April 18, 2014 - Game Changing Composite Cryotank Testing

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is set to begin a series of structural and pressure tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured. Advanced composite cryotanks will help enable NASA’s future deep space exploration missions. ERC’s employees on our Marshall Engineering Technicians and Trades Support (METTS) contract will be installing instrumentation and performing tests on this new cryotank over the summer months.  See the NA...
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March 28, 2014 - Not your Typical Force Machine

The Metrology and Calibration Laboratory (MCL) at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has some pretty amazing capabilities, one of which is the Gilmore Force Machine. It can apply five million pounds of force in both tension and compression modes. Built in 1966, the original charter of the Gilmore was to calibrate load cells for the Apollo Program. Large load cells are used to measure the thrust applied by rockets and rocket engines. This measurement is critical to ensure liftoff and acceleratio...
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March 21, 2014 - ERC Helps Develop New Test Method for Rocket on a Rope

The test team at the Missile Flight Test Division on ERC’s Missiles Sensors Test Directorate (MSTD) contract typically consider a successful test one that literally ends with a boom! The flight testing range hosts a wide range of test capabilities including live missile firings, target fabrications, weapons systems checkouts and qualifications, and warhead lethality testing in static and dynamic environments, just to name a few. The Rocket on a Rope (ROAR) test configuration is one of the ...
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March 14, 2014 - ERC Pen Making Pro

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgnkK_YFLQQ[/youtube] In this video our Missile and Sensors Test Directorate Program Manager, Bill Alcorn, shows his skill at designing and assembling ballpoint pens.  We hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to comment if you have any questions for Bill!
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February 27, 2014 - Space Launch System(SLS) Acoustical Model Testing

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is marching forward through major milestones to its first unmanned launch in 2017.  Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has completed its Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of the launch vehicle and is moving toward Critical Design Review (CDR) to be conducted in early 2015.  At Kennedy Space Center (KSC) the Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program is currently in the middle of a PDR looking closely at the facilities and ground support equipment...
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February 21, 2014 - ERC: Striving for Excellence

[youtube]http://youtu.be/Up30YJlMpxA[/youtube] This video shows how Dr. Susan Wu, the Founder of ERC, started the company and gives a brief history of how ERC has grown over the past 25 years.  Enjoy!
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January 31, 2014 - Kenny Frame ERC Blog Introduction

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x3vQFxt3w4[/youtube] ERC Family, Above is an introduction to the ERC Blog where Kenny Frame explains what the blog is all about.  Please feel free to comment and interact with others on the posts we share.  Enjoy!
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