Having doubled in size during the past three years while maintaining superior performance for our customers, LinQuest is proud to share our most recent achievements and innovations. Catch up on all the latest news and top stories from LinQuest Corporation below.
This month, LinQuest Corporation celebrates 10 years of being a premier innovative solutions provider and trusted advisor to the United States government and industry. Though the Company is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, its culture remains firmly rooted in its nearly 40-year-old heritage of providing objective technical excellence to its customers. Today, LinQuest delivers process-disciplined performance excellence through in-depth domain expertise that spans communications and networking; data and information sharing/management; cyber; position, navigation, and timing (PNT); launch; ISR domains, and specialized software tools. LinQuest is proud of its track record of achieving superior performance recognition from its customers while expanding its customer markets and core competencies.
LinQuest’s track record of performance excellence has been achieved through the quality and commitment of our people. In May 2012, LinQuest signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) to collaborate in granting appropriately experienced LinQuest system engineers the status of Systems Engineering Professionals. INCOSE’s professional certification designations are the worldwide reference for systems engineering professionalism.
Since developing our relationship with INCOSE, 16 LinQuest employees have earned INCOSE certifications. Those employees are: (Expert Systems Engineering Professionals, ESEPs) John Alexovich, Ming Chang, Winston Lee, Ken Seater, Lou Sparace, and Gary Stephenson. (Certified Systems Engineering Professional, CSEPs) Chris Beres, Clay Bosler, Tom Carpenter, Pareen Dhalla, Scott George, Andrew Grey, Sam Griffin, Bob Herrmann, Jeff Schodorf and Gregg Scott.
Congratulations to each of these folks who worked hard to earn these certifications. Also thanks go out to our LinQuest INCOSE Committee members (Chris Beres, Ming Canning, Scott George, Bob Herrmann, Wendy Lui, Chris Russi, Jeff Schodorf, Lou Sparace, and Gary Stephenson) who ensure the quality of our applications.
LinQuest Corporation is proud to announce that the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, CA has awarded to it the Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) Analysis, Systems Integration, and Engineering Services (MASIES) contract. The contract value is $121 million with performance from July 2013 through June 2019. LinQuest teamed with AT&T Government Solutions, Inc., Celeris Systems, ExoAnalytic Solutions, Millennium Engineering and Integration Company (MEI), NextLevel Performance Solutions, Inc., Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Scitor Corporation, SGT Inc., and TASC to form Team LinQuest and execute on this contract.
"MASIES represents the opportunity to enhance enterprise and program systems engineering processes and consolidate existing capabilities for improved integration and efficiency across SMC's MILSATCOM Systems Directorate (SMC/MC). Team LinQuest will develop, execute, and evolve engineering products and processes for the MILSATCOM enterprise and programs, to include the space, ground control, mission planning, network and terminal segments, and supporting interface elements," said Scott Stowe, Vice President and General Manager of LinQuest's Space Systems Engineering and Integration business group.
Dr. Leon Biederman, LinQuest President and CEO, stated, "We are extremely honored by this award. LinQuest is delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with the MILSATCOM Directorate, and we are confident that the proven engineering process and domain expertise that LinQuest and our teammates bring to this program will deliver immediate efficiencies and cost benefits to MC while ensuring mission success in an environment of significant budget pressures and constraints."
LinQuest was awarded a task order to continue its support to the Army's Program Manager Warfighter Information Network - Tactical (PM WIN-T). Task order services include systems engineering and analysis related to Warfighter utilization of MILSATCOM systems.
LinQuest's PM WIN-T lead, Mike Tracy, and Vice President and General Manager, Scott Sharp, attribute the strategic win to LinQuest's strong technical talent and focus on the customer's mission.
LinQuest is pleased to announce our 2012 LinQuest Excellence Award winners:
Michelle Chung has been awarded the Corporate Excellence Award in recognition of her extraordinary efforts in pricing.
Matt Oliver has been awarded the Technical Excellence Award for his significant and sustained efforts related to a variety of software development and modeling, simulation, and analysis efforts.
Dr. Jeff Schodorf has been awarded the Management Excellence Award in recognition of his contributions and achievements supporting the MILSATCOM Directorate at Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center.
The second Advanced EHF (AEHF) satellite arrived on-orbit this past weekend. LinQuest is part of the test and operations team that acheived first contact today. LinQuest personnel will play key role in on-orbit testing over the next several months. Congratulations to the entire AEHF government-industry team on achieving this critical milestone.
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M -- Retired Lt. Gen. Gene Tattini, former commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center and currently the Deputy Director at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, paid a visit to the Space Development and Test Directorate recently to offer his personal congratulations to the CloudSat Operations team for a ground-breaking recovery from a six-month long anomalous condition.
CloudSat is a one-of-a-kind weather radar satellite that was launched in 2006 and is one of a five-satellite earth-observing weather science constellation called the A-Train. Selected as part of NASA's Pathfinder program, CloudSat flies a radar over 1000 times more sensitive than existing weather radars, providing detection of smaller ice and water particles within clouds than ever before, enhancing our understanding of weather patterns around the world. In April 2011, the satellite experienced a crippling battery anomaly that shut down its payload and forced the satellite to drop out of the A-Train for safety reasons.
Since launch the satellite has been operated out of the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Support Complex at Kirtland Air Force Base, the Air Force's only R&D satellite operations center. The operations team consisting of Air Force Space Command officers and LinQuest contractors kept the satellite in seamless operations for two years past its expected lifespan. Therefore when the undervoltage condition onboard persisted, many believed that CloudSat had seen its last days.
However, due to the irreplaceable nature and uniqueness of the payload radar, the relevance of the satellite's data to cutting-edge weather modeling around the world, including to the Air Force Weather Service, as well as its complementary nature to the data from the other A-Train satellites run by allied mission partners such as Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (France) and the Canadian Space Agency, members scrambled to beat the odds. A joint team was formed between the Air Force, LinQuest, the satellite manufacturer; Ball Aerospace and NASA JPL to investigate and attempt to restore CloudSat.
Four hundred plus operation memograms, 150 anomaly resolution meetings, 30 training sessions and six months later, the team had designed, tested and responsively adapted a ground-breaking new concept of operations they called DO-OP: Daylight Only Operations. Re-working risk management strategies and exploiting the momentum caused by Earth's magnetic field, the team cycled the payload and satellite sub-systems between being in the sunlight and being in the shadow of the Earth.
Through critical commanding over several nights and weeks, the team engineered positive thermal and power profiles in tune with the satellite's entry and exit from sunshine above the Earth. By October 2011, CloudSat's unique cloud-imaging radar was functioning during 96 percent of the sunlit orbit. The team had brought the 'left-for-dead' satellite back to life.
Gen. Tattini presented the operations team with a NASA Certificate of Appreciation, as well as individual congratulatory certificates, and expressed his gratitude to SD for their dedication and pursuit of excellence in refusing to give up on CloudSat. "Cowboy operators are frowned upon," the certificate reads, "but operators that cowboy up are greatly appreciated." Reprinted from: http://www.losangeles.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123291427