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Employees from ERC, Aerie and ASRI came together for Habitat for Humanity!

October 10, 2018 - Good Times at ERC!

Habitat for Humanity  ERC has been a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity at several of our ERC contract locations.  This summer, we came together in Huntsville to help make the dream of a new home come true for a family.  We primed and painted the inside of the home, then tackled the garage.  Despite the heat and lots of paint on our clothes, it was a great way to spend a Saturday morning! Pictured left to right:  (standing) Cathleen Vincent (RWESS), Michele, Mike Keel (ASRI), Stuar...
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Robert and his new friend Charles!

August 09, 2018 - Summer Happenings!

CASA of Madison County volunteer time! ERC now has a certified ramp building team for CASA (Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound) – a North Alabama non-profit that provides assistance to the homebound and elderly in our community.  A group of ERC employees came together for a fun – and hot – warehouse work night.  We cut planks and pre-assembled various sections.  Once the home site was ready, another team of volunteers from ERC and Aerie came together to build ...
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Nick popping the question!

June 11, 2018 - Early Summer happenings….and love is in the air!

Love is in the air at TOSC!   A recent Family Tour day at Kennedy Space Center took on special meaning as Nick Smyth proposed to his girlfriend, Caitlin! Right after Nick joined the ERC family, he took Caitlin and her 2 children to the Visitor Center for the entire day.  Since then, Caitlin has been inspired to be a part of the space program – so much so that she is currently enrolled in the aerospace technician program at a local college. When Nick realized that she was the one, he kne...
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The RPS ERC family proudly showing their red envelopes!

May 18, 2018 - ERC 30th Anniversary Celebrations and a big milestone for one of our own!

ERC Celebrates our 30th Anniversary!   As our founder, Dr. Susan Wu, has said, it’s hard to believe that ERC is now 30 years old!  Each ERC contract location had its own unique celebration, but each one started with that sweet video of Susan and Jimmy talking about the Red Envelopes.   If you missed the video, you can still view it on ERCNet.  In the near future, we’ll have the recording from the 30th Anniversary celebration in Huntsville with Susan and Jimmy talking to our folks...
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Mike Finnicum, Program Manager, Steve Gragert, Network Engineer and Karen Tamso-Kelly, IT Analyst

April 09, 2018 - IRES joins the ERC family…and early Spring Happenings!

Welcome IRES to the ERC Family! The ERC family continues to grow with our newest contract, IRES (Integrated Research & Development for Enterprise Solutions), supporting the Missile Defense Agency with locations in Colorado Springs and Huntsville. The new ERC IRES employees in  Colorado Springs recently came together for a Meet & Greet with Mike Finnicum, the new Program Manager, Ernie and some of the folks from HR.  We are so delighted to have you in the ERC family! ERC Headquarter Sta...
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January 12, 2018 - 2017 Year End Activities and 2018 Start!

        Because of the generosity of our employees that support the ERC Helping Hands Charitable Giving Fund, the following grants were made possible in 2017: In Huntsville: The Alzheimer’s Association:  $2,500 Christian Women’s Job Corp of Madison:  $4,000 Free to Teach:  $5,000 HEALS, Inc. (Health Establishments at Local Schools):  $5,000 Huntsville Community Drumline:  $6,000 305 8th Street:  $10,000 Harris Home for Children: $7,500 Big Brothers/Big Sisters: $6,2...
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November 02, 2017 - Happy Fall!

Fall is off to a good start at ERC! Several folks from AFTD (RWESS) attend training session:  3 ERC flight test engineers attend a short course at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, MD.   The project aircraft was a Howard DGA-15P, flying from the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport.  Each took turns in separate flights, on the controls and observing flight test techniques, and spent approximately an hour in the air for each flight. They all enjoyed the class and t...
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October 23, 2017 - A new ERC location and lots of ERC Happenings!

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the SEMATS 2 team to the ERC Family!  Today, Monday, October 23, marks day one of this new contract at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.  Last week, the transition team and ERC management met with the new employees and had a Meet and Greet so we could meet the families too.  It was a fun night, with a special surprise performance by a local barbershop quartet! ERC was proud to once again have a big team showing in the 2017 Redstone Test Center Commande...
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September 05, 2017 - ERC employees help for Beaumont, TX

They say that a picture is worth 1,000 words…so true!  We’ve all seen the devastation cause by Hurricane Harvey on TV, and our folks at Johnson Space Center in Houston are now living through it. One of our ERC employees at Kennedy Space Center, Nathan Olds, made the trip to Beaumont, TX with donations in hand from folks at Kennedy.  Here are the comments from Nathan:   “…ERC’s donation was able to help us and the people of Beaumont, TX far more than we could have...
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David Hill award

August 28, 2017 - Awards, collections and more!

ERC RPS employee receives President’s Call to Service Award!   Earlier this year, David Hill, a technician at the Air Force Research Laboratory Rocket Propulsion Division at Edwards, received  the Call to Service Award, which is a lifetime achievement award that is part of the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program. Hill volunteers as a Kern County Sheriff’s Desert Group Search and Rescue Unit member. The award is reserved for individuals with over 4,000 hours of volunteer servi...
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ERC's award from The Top 100 Companies!

August 21, 2017 - So much to share!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks around all of our ERC locations!  Here’s a spotlight on some recent happenings. Thanks to Van Chatraw and Lisa O’Neal from ETSS for organizing an awesome night at the new Atlanta Braves baseball stadium!  ERC chartered 2 busses to take us to the game and it was oh so fun!   Several ERC and Aerie employees receive awards at KSC! The people who were recognized were left to right, Richard Steen from Aerie.  From ERC were Yohon Lo, Kevin Tay...
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August 04, 2017 - Recent Awards and ERC University

Project Management – Advanced Course Class 1 – what a great looking group! ERC University is proud to now offer Project Management – Advanced Level for our employees. This first class gathered for two days here at ERC HQ with ERCU Dean Simone Calvert and the amazing Kevin Berry from TOSC as the instructor. It really is a treat for all of us here at HQ to have folks in from all of our locations.  A big thank you to Simone and Kevin for making this class a reality, and to all of...
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Selfie with the folks!

June 29, 2017 - 4th of July Celebration – Huntsville Style!

The folks from Aerie gathered today – just in time for the 4th of July – for a PFC hosted Fish Fry at one of the Test Areas on the Marshall Space Flight Center side of the house.  The fish, chicken tenders, french fries and hush puppies were all cooked onsite and it was finger licking good!!  More than 100 folks came out to enjoy the gathering, so a big thanks to the Aerie PFCs for making the event happen!...
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ERC 4th of July Luncheon 7

June 29, 2017 - Happy 4th of July!

Just look at what the PFCs from SSPF (Space Station Processing Facility) did to celebrate the upcoming 4th of July holiday with their co-workers!  Thank you to Mary Banasik, Ken Koby, Kamber Scott, Jannice Harper, Joe Degano and Mike Beuth for organizing hosting this lunch and for sharing the great pictures! From Mary: We had a great turnout today at our ERC SSPF People First 4th of July Luncheon.  We invited all TOSC co-workers at the SSPF along with our NASA counterparts and a great time wa...
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Reggie Battle on Flag Day at ERC HQ

June 27, 2017 - ERC celebrates Flag Day

Flag Day was Wednesday, June 14, which happened to coincide with the first day of the Summer Purpose Driven Leadership (PDL) course.  We celebrated in style with all of us saying the Pledge of Allegiance, then enjoyed an overview of the history of Flag Day and the symbolism of the 13 folds of our flag. From Reggie Battle, Supervisor at MSTD:    Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officiall...
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Alcorn team

June 08, 2017 - Good times in Huntsville!

ERC was well represented at the recent Sgt. Major Association Golf Tournament that was held at The Links on Redstone Arsenal – that’s a good looking group of guys! The ESSSA group gathered at the NASA picnic area for a fun summer picnic, to include service awards for several of our people.  Check out the pics below!...
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The group gathering in the hangar

May 30, 2017 - ERC HQ staff visit to the Airfield = cool stuff!

The headquarter staff enjoyed a special treat with a visit to the Redstone Test Center airfield in March. The visit was coordinated by two of the ETSS People First Champions, Shauna Legan and Theresa Wesson. We were able to climb in and around a Chinook and Black Hawk = really cool stuff! A big thank you to Van Chatraw, Shauna and Theresa for making the visit possible, and to their team: Matt Schonhoff, Tony Vahle, Luke Hobbs, Jim Morrisette, Scott Kimbrell, Chris Johnson, Taina Rivera and Rich ...
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ERC Silver Snoopy team

May 19, 2017 - Silver Snoopy Sweep for ERC at TOSC!

…from the TOSC Times, May 2017 issue: It was a quarternity of the highest accord as ERC swept top honors with four Silver Snoopy recipients during the Kennedy Space Center Awards Banquets held Friday, April 21, 2017. Known simply as the “Astronauts Personal Achievement Award,” to earn a Silver Snoopy, candidates must make contributions “toward enhancing the probability of mission success or made improvements in design, administrative/technical/production techniques, business systems,...
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Sweet baby Sarah!

May 17, 2017 - A few touching stories…

Sarah’s Story Thank you for all that donated leave while I have been out of work caring for my daughter. ERC was started as a family company and this generosity shows we still are. My daughter’s name is Sarah Catherine and she has Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and other complications. In the first 3 months of her life we have had 4 trips to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, 2 visits to St Jude’s, 4 visits to Children’s Hospital of North Alabama, 4 pediatrician visits, 2 Emergency room visits a...
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May 04, 2017 - Recent Huntsville Happenings

This blog features just a sampling of the happenings at ERC in Huntsville: Relay for Life Cookout at HQ: To help raise money for the 3 Relay for Life events that are taking place in our community, our all-volunteer committee organized a cookout at Headquarters. The cookout was a great success with more than $3,000 raised.  Additionally, some of the employees on our CDP contract made a generous donation in memory of Larry Schroeder, former ERC employee that lost his battle with cancer recently. ...
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Cycle for Alz

March 28, 2017 - Recent accolades and happenings at TOSC!

On Friday, March 10th JSOG was recognized with the 2016 Gold Corporate Safety Achievement Award. The award was presented at the United Safety Council’s 64th Annual Safety Awards Banquet in Orlando. This award is presented to a company that has successfully developed and implemented proactive and innovative safety programs. Every year the competition for recognition gets stronger as organizations continuously improve their Safety Management System. In our category, a mid-sized company with 501-...
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The entire team

February 14, 2017 - A fun event to collect food and raise money for the homeless in Huntsville

This past Saturday, a group from the local chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) came together to support CARTS4HEARTS Adventure 5k:  A loose parody of a famous Alaskan dog sled race.  Replace the dogs with people and the sleds with shopping carts, add in team themes, costumes, contests and a food and fundraising drive for Huntsville’s Downtown Rescue Mission. AIAA collected food, clothing and money for the event, created an awesome space-themed shoppi...
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Team from CDP working at Anniston Army Depot

February 10, 2017 - ERC in the news!

Check out the latest issue of TRACKS, the bi-weekly newspaper published by the Anniston Army Depot.  Go to page 4 to read about the important work our team from the CDP contract at Redstone Test Center is performing: Be safe out there!      ...
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(L-R) Shelley White, Amanda Wheaton, LaJuana Moser, Jeff Williams

February 06, 2017 - ERC Helping Hands – California Style!

At the end of 2016, the ERC Helping Hands committee at RPS awarded a $5,000 grant to Bags4Kids, a local non-profit with an important mission: Bags4kids provides “comfort bags” to children who have been displaced due to neglect, abuse, abandonment. They give these bags to shelters, county offices, resource centers, foster parent agency’s, police stations and schools. Bags may also go to families with very limited resources. Through donations, Bags4kids is able to support the men...
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Bill Alcorn, Program Manager at MSTD

February 01, 2017 - Bill Alcorn featured in Redstone Rocket

The following article was printed in the Redstone Rocket on January 25, 2017.  The Rocket is a weekly publication distributed to Redstone Arsenal personnel and interested parties.   By SKIP VAUGHN Rocket With a draft notice in hand, Bill Alcorn decided to join the Air Force in 1963 because he grew up near an Air Force base in middle Tennessee. Five years later the Murfreesboro native was in Vietnam for the first of two yearlong tours. The air bases over...
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Mark and the donations

January 25, 2017 - TOSC Employees help TN fire victims

The ERC family had several personal connections to the wildfires that ravaged the Gatlinburg area at the end of last November.  Mark Sortman, ERC employee at TOSC, has a home there.  Once all the smoke had cleared, Mark realized that out of the 23 homes in his area, only his home and one other survived. To help his neighbors, Mark and Henry Riley (Jacobs at TOSC) organized a clothing drive at KSC for the fire victims.  The generous work force at Kennedy collected approximately 19 large boxes ...
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The ERC WSTF team

January 18, 2017 - Meet the White Sands team!

At a recent White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) meeting, the ERC team gathered for a group photo – take a moment to see their smiling faces! Test and Evaluation Support Team  – NASA’s White Sands Test Facility specializes in testing and evaluation of potentially hazardous materials, components, and rocket propulsion systems with services available to other governmental and commercial customers. ERC supports materials and components testing, hypervelocity impact testing, propulsi...
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ERC Helping Hands

January 09, 2017 - ERC Helping Hands in Huntsville: We are making a difference!

In the true spirit of the Holiday Season, 4 Madison County non-profits were delighted to be notified that they had been selected for the first grants awarded from ERC Helping Hands. Pictured seating (L-R):  Emmett Moore, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama (BBBSNA); Karen Peterson of HudsonAlpha; Ernie Wu; Candy Burnett of Huntsville Hospital Foundation.  Standing (L-R):  Stacy Riley, Carol Sporleder of BBBSNA, Courtney Perez, Lindsey Parker, Ryan Noe, Megan Beattie, Ruby Stevens, Miche...
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Von Braun Memorial Dinner

November 02, 2016 - ERC in the community!

  ERC was well represented at the Aim for Advocacy shooting event that benefited the National Children’s Advocacy Center – thanks to Ryan Noe from our Business Development team for hosting the guys from CDP! (left to right:  Ryan Noe, Tony Pack, Jeremiah Shackleford, David Sullivan)       ERC and Aerie enjoyed a night at the Von Braun Memorial Dinner (sometimes called Space Prom!) = nice seeing these faces smiling and all dressed up!         ...
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Corn hole at HQ

October 20, 2016 - PDL Tailgating with HQ

The October Purpose Driven Leadership (PDL) took place last week at ERC Headquarters.  Since football season is upon us, HQ hosted a parking lot tailgate for the group.  In addition to award-winning barbecue and all the fixings,  folks enjoyed frisbee and football tossing, bocce ball and corn hole. Good times!...
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Steve teaching students

October 06, 2016 - Spotlight on an Employee: Steve Chambreau from RPS

Steve Chambreau is a Research Scientist in the Propellants Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base (RPS). Steve grew up in California, and received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from UC Riverside. He spent 2 years working as an NRC Associate at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Hanscom AFB near Boston, and 2 years as a postdoc with Professor Arthur Suits at Wayne State University. Steve is a Co-Founder of Chemists Without Borders and has served as Vice-Presiden...
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All the ERC Golfers

September 24, 2016 - ERC at the RTC Commander’s Cup Golf Tournament

ERC takes to the golf course in a big way! ERC had 18 players participate in the RTC Commander’s Cup Golf Tournament yesterday – ERC was everywhere! Check out the photos of our guys…and one talented gal…at the tournament.  
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ERC and ESSSA Young Professionals with Ernie Wu

September 16, 2016 - ERC Young Professionals in action!

It’s no secret that ERC has many wonderful employees – but did you know how many wonderful YOUNG professionals we have that are doing great things in the community? Keep on reading to see just what some of our Huntsville YPs are doing! Megan Beattie, ESSSA Megan is a Systems Engineer at NASA on the ESSSA contract.  Megan was recently named “Tomorrow’s Young Woman of Distinction” for her tremendous volunteer efforts in our community. She has served as a volunteer and committee member f...
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May 23, 2016 - ERC Huntsville Happenings – fishing, golfing, walking!

The ERC Huntsville family has been busy supporting lots of great events around our community!  Please take a moment to check out these awesome pictures of our folks in action! The events featured are the North Marshall Relay for Life, 8th annual ERC Bass Fishing Tournament, The Huntsville Classic Golf Tournament and the North Madison County Relay for Life:                                         ...
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US Department of the Army seal

March 08, 2016 - CDP activities featured in local media!

Check out the media coverage to see some of the important work taking place at CDP:  
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March 03, 2016 - SLS Pathfinder Media Event & Coverage

  Check out the recent media coverage of the unveiling of the most powerful rocket ever built.  There are so many ERC employees working to make this a reality – awesome job! NASA Unveils Most Powerful Rocket Ever Built Inside look at NASA...
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Robin Osborne

February 17, 2016 - ESSSA’s Robin Osborne Wins AIAA 2016 Engineer of the Year

Honored for Work on Spark Torch Ignition Systems and Building a Low-Cost Ignition Test Facility  February 2, 2016 – Reston, Va. – Robin Osborne, an AIAA Senior Member, and a senior mechanical engineer in the Combustion Devices Design and Development Branch, in the Engineering Directorate of ERC, Inc./Jacobs-ESSSA Group, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Huntsville, Alabama, has won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2016 Engineer of the Year award. Osbor...
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Capshaw Road Band

January 27, 2016 - We have some musicians in the house!

NOTE:  This story appeared in the Redstone Rocket on January 13, 2016. By Margaret Mason Engineers are assumed to excel in their area of expertise and flop in the arts but several members of Redstone Test Center prove it’s possible to be a rocking employee by day and a rocker by night. Capshaw Road, a band led by the center’s John “Sparky” Sparkman (ERC ETSS employee), was formed in 2013 by five friends with a love for music.  The melodies of Sparky, his brother Stacey...
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Staff Sgt Laymon and Staff Sgt Burns with a truck full!

January 06, 2016 - ERC Employees making a big impact for many over the holidays!

ERC has such an amazingly compassionate workforce – proven here by many generous acts during the holidays!  Featured below are a few spotlights of some of the wonderful community support shown by various ERC groups. ERC Huntsville collected LOTS of toys for Toys for Tots! The ERC TOSC family supports Adopt-a-Senior Program by Mary Banasik We had 50 TOSC Employees that adopted a total of 87 seniors (approximately 260 gifts (3 gift per adoptee)!   Lisa Chapman, Valerie Armour and myself (...
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December 17, 2015 - The holidays are here!

At each of our locations around the United States, the ERC Family has come together for fellowship and fun during this holiday season….and we know how to have some fun! Check out the pictures from the recent TOSC Holiday Party…you’ll even see Kenny getting his groove on!...
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December 15, 2015 - Peter McCloud of ERC JETS in the community

Peter McCloud, an aeronautical engineer on the JETS contract, recently shared the following about his volunteer work: Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a group, the Portland State Aerospace Society, as an advisor for some of their projects. They are a passionate group, providing opportunities for students to design and build large amateur rockets, and a cubesat. Eventually, they hope to be the first university-based team to go to 100 km. To get there, they have be...
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The ERC Cruise Gang

November 16, 2015 - Halloween Cruise 2015 with some TOSC folks

When you work just a few miles from where the cruise ships depart, why not take a cruise for Halloween?  That’s just what some of the employees at TOSC did just a few weeks ago…and you’ll also see that ERC’s President and First Lady, Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Frame, joined in on the fun!    ...
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Jacin Durham

November 10, 2015 - Veterans Day and what it means to me – by Jacin Durham, MSTD

When I first joined the Army in 1966 the Vietnam Conflict/War was waging (take your pick, it was war to those in the military who were there and even those who didn’t have to go). There were many times I remember getting off a plane in an airport, we had to wear uniforms on the planes to ride at a reduced rate called “Standby”, there would be small crowds which formed along our path. You would hear shouts of “Murderers”, ” Baby Killers”, “War Monge...
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Pictured left to right:  Seth Perez, WSTF-ERC;  Lorenzo Alba, Director-Casa de Peregrinos; Audrey Hartley, Director-Jardin De Los Ninos ; Lucinda Havenor, WSTF-ERC; Darrell Shoup - “The Boss” - WSTF-ERC

October 21, 2015 - The WSTF ERC Family comes together to feed the hungry

(Pictured left to right: Seth Perez, ERC; Lorenzo Alba, Casa de Peregrinos; Audrey Hartley, Jardin De Los Ninos; Lucinda Havenor, ERC and Darrell Shoup -“The Boss” – ERC) Each year, ERC employees at many of our locations participate in the Feds Feed Families Food Drive. This year WSTF-ERC approached the program differently from previous years. Instead of seeking hundreds of pounds of food donated, the team instead would raise dollars for the Feds Feed Families campaign. ERC broug...
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Jane and Geno are ready to serve!

October 15, 2015 - ERC TOSC Picnic photos – fun times!

The ERC TOSC family came together at the beginning of October for a fun day in the park…with lots of great food, drinks and activities for all! Enjoy the pictures – courtesy of the talented Mr. Les Leckron!  
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Darryl Smith 

October 08, 2015 - JETS Darryl Smith: making a difference in the community

Darryl Smith, PM for JETS, not only works hard for ERC, but also volunteers a tremendous amount of his time and energy in his community. Darryl is now President of the Board of Directors for Communities in Schools – Bay Area (CIS).  The mission of CIS is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS believes that every child needs and deserves: A personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult A safe place to learn and gr...
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Sam Doughterty picture

October 06, 2015 - ESSSA’s Sam Dougherty receives Alumni Professional Achievement Award!

Nearly 300 UT alumni, spouses, families, and special guests convened at the Knoxville Convention Center October 2 for the Alumni Board Awards Dinner. The mood was all red carpet as nineteen remarkable Volunteers from a broad spectrum of ages and professions were recognized for their achievements and contributions to UT, the nation, and the world. Among the recipients was ERC’s Sam Dougherty!   During more than fifty years in the aerospace profession, Nathan Sam Dougherty has been one ...
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Mark Smith and Dennis Warren receive Silver Snoopy Award

September 22, 2015 - Silver Snoopy Awards presented to TOSC’s Mark Smith and Dennis Warren

ERC’s Dennis M. Warren, a Technician in GSE Maintenance Precision Measurement & Alignment Instrumentation, was recognized for his contributions to the safe transportation of the Orion capsule from Naval Base San Diego to Kennedy Space Center in December 2014.  Dennis, along with since-retired Bill Sturgeon, was responsible for control of environmental conditions inside the Crew Module Transportation Fixture (CMTF).  The temperature and humidity had to be maintained 24 hours a day for the...
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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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Joey in front of the VAB

August 27, 2015 - ERC’s Joey Bordeleau story featured in TOSC Times

Joey Bordeleau: A Spirit of Giving “Evangelize, equip, empower, and encourage.” – Goal of Haitian Christian Outreach. The goal of the Haitian Christian Outreach (HCO) program is easy to grasp, but impossible to accomplish were it not for the volunteer spirit of individuals such as ERC’s Joey Bordeleau. The University of South Alabama graduate, who joined TOSC in July 2013, has made a positive impact to his peers as an electrical engineer, but it’s what he did during his summer “vacat...
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PAUT Testing showing water leakage

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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August 14, 2015 - Thank you to the ERC Family…and just look at that face today!

I want to thank all the folks from our ERC family that held my four year old grandson, Caleb, in their hearts and prayers while he underwent his treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS).    After the 5K benefit race in December which ERC provided the finish line snacks and drinks for, not to mention the large number of ERC/TOSC folks that were participating, an article on the blog which led many of our extended family to follow Caleb’s battle on his Facebook page, SuperCaleb.   Since that tim...
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Erin Frye picture

August 10, 2015 - TOSC’s Erin Frye: A Donation Story

“You don’t get a phone call with the opportunity to save a life very often.  Excited would be an understatement.” – Erin Frye When Erin Frye was attending Virginia Tech en route to a bachelor’s degree, she took a brief detour one day to join the Be The Match donor registry at a local Red Cross. It was an event that would eventually save the life of a stranger. “I got the call several years later that I was a potential match for a 67-year old female with Acute Myeloid Leukemia,” sh...
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Be the Match

July 30, 2015 - Marrow Donor Registry Drive a Huge Success!

Please read this wonderful story that will soon be featured in the TOSC Times: Marrow Donor Registry Drive huge Success! ERC sponsored event that signs 31 donors! An event that honored a past survivor and remembered a fallen comrade became a beacon of hope for the future as 31 co-workers registered during the Be The Match Marrow Donor Registry Drive held Tuesday, July 21 in OSB I. In addition to the new donors, $1,300 was raised at the ERC-hosted event, which was held to recognize Kevin Berry, w...
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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][/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 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 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][/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][/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][/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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