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Mississippi Contractor Wins NASA Contract for Space-Tool Kit

November 30, 2004

Dec. 1–STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. — When future astronauts try to decide where to place facilities and roads on distant planets, they may get help from a toolkit developed here.

Radiance Technologies has won a four-year contract to develop a geospatial technology toolkit for NASA that will be used in manned missions to distant planets.

Radiance Technologies will develop the “Planetary Geospatial Exploitation Toolkit,” a system that will use geographic and spatial data to analyze problems and give astronauts and managers solutions.

NASA wants to use the system to help determine where to locate facilities and infrastructure, such as road networks and launching pads, on Mars and other planets.

Tom Strange of Radiance Technologies said it’s envisioned that the program would run on a server that engineers and scientists can access.

Radiance Technologies has partnered with the University of Southern Mississippi Department of Geography; the U.S. Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Research Program; Kennedy Space Center Launch/Landing and Surface Operation; and Johnson Space Center Human Exploration Office.

Radiance Technologies, headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., is a member of the Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions, which includes companies that were once part of the Mississippi Space Commerce Initiative.

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