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Kelly Space & Technology, Inc. website update

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:57 pm
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Kelly Space & Technology, Inc released this week their new website.
Url: http://www.kellyspace.com

They also released a list of projects: http://www.kellyspace.com/projects.asp

  • Jet and Rocket Engine Test Site (JRETS)
  • JRETS is a world class commercial center featuring fast turnaround testing of liquid rocket, buisiness jet, and special purpose engines for commercial and national defense applications. Located at the San Bernardino International Airport, it is available to a broad range of commercial and government customers including small startup companies and other organizations advancing propulsion systems and related systems.

  • Reusable Launch Vehicle’s (RLV’s)
  • Kelly Space & Technology has developed a wide array of launch vehicles for both unnmanned and manned missions to space. Utilizing KST’s patented tow launch technology, these reusable launch vehicles push the envelope of spacecraft design while dramatically reducing launch risk and cost per pound of payload. KST has space craft to meet any number of needs from satellite launch systems, ISS resupply, and crew and cargo transport vehicles. This century of space flight will be one dominated by innovative ideas and new ways of thinking, which makes Kelly Space & Technlology one of the leaders of commercial space technology.

  • Global Energy Systems, LLC (GES)
  • KST has established Global Energy Systems, LLC as the exclusive licensee to develop and use a proprietery, very low emission process using biomass waste materials to synthetically generate pipeline quality natural gas (methane) for sale as a commodity at substantially lower prices than natural gas obtained using more traditional methods. This process provides an affordable renewable energy source generated from waste products currently disposed of in landfills.

  • Aerospace Research & Development Center
  • Kelly Space & Technology, Inc. (KST) has established the Aerospace Research & Development Center (ARDC) at the San Bernardino International Airport to mature and deploy critical technologies that provide advancements in aviation, space, homeland security, energy generation and related technologies for both military and commercial system applications. Building on the Jet & Rocket Engine Test Site (JRETS) propulsion system test capability, the Aerospace Research & Development Center (ARDC) expands technical capabilities to provide a hub for advanced development activities, drawing upon the significant local technical expertise and workforce while leveraging these local talents to build a regional capability in leading edge technology developments. As a center of technical excellence, the ARDC is attracting entrepreneurial businesses to the airport to participate in aeronautical and space research, development and operations as well as exciting, new, advanced commercial technology developments. Leveraging on the prior infrastructure investments at the former Norton Air Force Base, the ARDC is bringing high-quality jobs and key products of national significance to our region. The following key projects with significant regional economic impact are being undertaken by the ARDC. Each of these projects has significant government interest with acquisition strategies and contracts ready to be implemented.

  • XD-2 Explosives Detection System
  • The XD-2 is an existing, patent pending, field explosives detection unit currently used by first-responders in the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies. KST is teamed with ChemSpectra and Wireless Telematics to incorporate significant modifications and product improvements to the XD-2 at the ARDC. The current XD-2 platform is able to detect over 40 different explosives in seconds compared to the nearest competitor at 6. The XD-2 requires no calibration, is simple to operate with limited training, is hand held, rugged and extremely cost-effective at 25% of the nearest competitor, has a self contained power source, is not hindered by interferences such as inclement weather, smog or exhaust, and produces highly reliable test results in seconds. The KST team will improve the XD-2 by coupling it with an optical reader to interpret samples and digitally display detected explosives by name and to incorporate a stand-off system that is able to detect explosive materials at a distance of over 10 meters. Key government interest has been obtained from the U.S. Special Forces, the USAF Force Protection Battle Lab, the Explosives Detection Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). These agencies have validated the XD-2 capabilities and are interested in purchasing additional current units as well as units that incorporate the product improvements. As production is initiated, 50 to 60 jobs will be created at the ARDC to include computer programmers, design engineers, chemical engineers, technicians, quality control experts, manufacturing support personnel and management positions. The ARDC at the San Bernardino International Airport will be the headquarters for one of the most significant security enhancement devices in the nation, protecting our troops, airports, borders, ports, facilities and other national assets.

  • Aerospace Vehicle Cooling Technologies
  • Kelly Space & Technology, Inc. (KST) and WASK Engineering, Inc. are teamed to develop next generation cooling applications for Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) systems using transpiration cooling technology. Specific applications include active cooling of rocket engine components, high-heat vehicle surfaces and leading edges for reentry heating protection. The benefits of active cooling are added launch vehicle safety and life extension. This new proprietary development will be tested at the ARDC Jet and Rocket Engine Test Site (JRETS) and will employ aerospace technicians, aeronautical engineers, computer design technicians, and project management personnel.

  • Portable Laser Decoating System (PLDS)
  • A key advancement in laser stripping technology is the Portable Laser Depainting System (PLDS) to be installed at the ARDC. The paint removing laser has been in use for 8 years at an Air Force facility in Utah. KST is teamed with AeroPro, located in Hanger 4 at the San Bernardino International Airport, to make the existing fixed laser decoating system into a portable unit to have a full scale stripping capability for all types of aircraft, with zero emissions and zero environmental impact. The PLDS safely removes coatings – paint, dirt, chemicals, and contaminants – prior to repainting and maintenance, from surfaces of aircraft, ships, tanks, vehicles and equipment and far outperforms current chemical and abrasive coating removal systems and can be operational at the ARDC within 18 months. This project will employ teams of aircraft mechanics, laser support technicians, aircraft inspectors, facility personnel, and various engineering support. Upon completion of the stripping, the aircraft can be painted in the same hanger without further preparation. Hanger 4 is currently an operational, fully-certified aircraft painting facility and can create a national hub for large aircraft exterior refurbishment and additional capabilities to include interior refurbishment, general aircraft maintenance, and FAA authorized repair and inspection. This would require additional skilled labor, and considering that most large aircraft maintenance operations run three shifts, would create hundreds of jobs.

  • Shock-Free Aero Technology Development
  • KST has teamed with Vehicle Research Corporation (VRC) to develop and deploy an aerodynamic solution to substantially reduce shock wave drag and essentially eliminate the sonic boom produced by aircraft in supersonic flight. The significance to military and commercial aviation is revolutionary. Personnel from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) will complete the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling to validate and optimize the design solution and flight aerodynamics. Independent validation and verification of the CFD computer code will be conducted by California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB). Certified Aviation Services (CAS) will support KST in the design and production of a technology demonstrator aircraft to validate aerodynamic performance and efficiencies. Key engineering, aircraft manufacturing, and operations jobs will be created to support development, testing and ultimately aircraft operations at the ARDC. A highly skilled workforce has been assembled that will transform the aircraft industry by enabling the viability of overland flight of supersonic commercial aircraft while substantially reducing drag and improving the aerodynamic performance of aircraft.

  • Earthquake Forecasting System
  • Already in progress, QuakeFinder is a research group that has made significant strides in developing a means to forecast large earthquakes within hours/days/weeks in advance of a major quake, and has plans to bring earthquake forecasting to the general public that will save lives. The QuakeFinder technology is based on Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) magnetic fluctuations that have been observed before and after earthquakes. The first phase of the project was installed by QuakeFinder, supported by NASA and California Space Infrastructure Program (CSIP) grants. A nanosatellite “QuakeSat I” was launched in June 2003, and a ground network of 60 stations has already been deployed within the State of California. A similar ground monitor built by Stanford recorded activity 2 weeks prior to the 1989 Loma Prieta M7 earthquake, and QuakeFinder and UC Berkeley both detected magnetic activity several weeks prior to the Sept 28, 2004 Parkfield M6. QuakeFinder and Kelly Space & Technology, Inc. have teamed to establish an operational node at the ARDC due to the high probability of new earthquakes in this region. This will require hiring scientific personnel, assemblers and installers to implement the State wide network of 200+ sensors. San Bernardino will be a key node in the monitoring and deployment of these sensors. Raymond Ban, Executive VP of Meteorology Science and Strategy for the Weather Channel, has shown a commercial interest in QuakeFinder. They have conducted research with their users and there is great interest in obtaining earthquake forecasting data from the Weather Channel when it is available. They also were interested in our future plans to integrate multi-source data to enhance integrated earthquake indicators (not only the current ELF space and ground sensors, but other space and ground system data such as Infrared luminescence, ionospheric disturbances, and GPS-detected crustal movement data.) Funding will establish California and San Bernardino as a center for worldwide earthquake detection and earlywarning.

    ARDC project summary

    KST has teamed with Vehicle Research Corporation (VRC) to develop and deploy an aerodynamic solution to substantially reduce shock wave drag and essentially eliminate the sonic boom produced by aircraft in supersonic flight. The significance to military and commercial aviation is revolutionary. Personnel from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) will complete the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling to validate and optimize the design solution and flight aerodynamics. Independent validation and verification of the CFD computer code will be conducted by California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB). Certified Aviation Services (CAS) will support KST in the design and production of a technology demonstrator aircraft to validate aerodynamic performance and efficiencies. Key engineering, aircraft manufacturing, and operations jobs will be created to support development, testing and ultimately aircraft operations at the ARDC. A highly skilled workforce has been assembled that will transform the aircraft industry by enabling the viability of overland flight of supersonic commercial aircraft while substantially reducing drag and improving the aerodynamic performance of aircraft.

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