February 25, 2009

NASA honors three U.S. businesses

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has presented its George Low Award for quality and productivity excellence to three U.S. companies.

The 2008 Low Awards were announced Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Fla., during NASA's sixth annual Project Management Challenge meeting.

The awards were presented to the ARES Corporation, which provides high-end technical services as prime contractor for the International Space Station Program Integration and Control contract. ARES received the award in the small business service category.

The Boeing Co., which has processed every major payload flown on the space shuttle since 2002 under its Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services contract, received the award in the large business service category.

Oceaneering Space Systems, which specializes in adapting established technologies for safe use in space, received the award in the large business product category. Oceaneering has delivered more than 7,000 products on NASA-funded contracts.

NASA also recognized one finalist, United Space Alliance, in the large business service category.

The award, established in 1985 and formerly known as NASA's Excellence Award for Quality and Productivity, was renamed in memory of George Low, who spent 27 years with NASA, including serving as its deputy administrator from 1969 to 1976.