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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 1, 1998
NASA'S TOP EXCELLENCE AWARD GOES TO THREE JPL CONTRACTORS
Three aerospace companies were awarded NASA's highest honor
today for the excellence and quality of work they performed on
the Mars Pathfinder and other projects for NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.
NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin presented the 1998
George M. Low Award to the companies at the 13th annual NASA
Continual Improvement and Reinvention Conference on Quality
Management in Alexandria, VA. The award is NASA's highest
quality and excellence award for contractors and subcontractors
and the oldest award for organizational quality.
"These companies exemplify excellence and outstanding
achievements that prove beneficial to NASA and the nation's
industry," said Goldin.
ILC Dover Inc., Frederica, DE, which specializes in
developing high-technology engineered soft goods, received the
award for product in the large-business category for work on the
development and delivery of the Mars Pathfinder airbag landing
system. The company also has a long record of outstanding
performance in the development of astronaut spacesuits for
extravehicular activity in space.
BST Systems Inc., Plainfield, CT, received the award for
product in the small-business category for development of the
battery used on the Mars Pathfinder mission's Soujourner rover.
The battery lasted more than three times the planned Mars
surface-mission duration, 98 Martian days versus the required 30
Advanced Technology Company (ATCO), Pasadena, CA, received
the award for service in the small-business category. ATCO is
considered a world-class metal joining company, tackling jobs
that most organizations consider impossible. The woman-owned
company has produced 20 imaging detectors that are operating
error-free in space, and has worked on a variety of JPL projects
over the past 26 years, including the development of the Wide
Field Planetary Camera 1 and 2 for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
Two other companies, Allied Signal Technical Services
Corporation, Lanham, MD, and DynCorp, Johnson Support Division,
Houston, TX, were given the award for service in the large-
business category for their work with other NASA centers.
JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology,