Space: A Core Focus Since Our Inception
John F. Kennedy
SAS began with the dream of developing and providing innovative solutions to the space industry. Today, we are proud of our legacy with the Space Shuttle, Commercial Crew Programs, and numerous other space exploration endeavors.
We provide lifecycle support to our clients in the space industry. As a Strategic Services provider, SAS offers guidance and support to prime contractors helping them understand what the government needs and how to write the proposal. Once the contract has been awarded, our Tactical Engineering team engages in program development activities ranging from specialty engineering and spaceflight safety to hardware prototyping and system engineering.
As the program moves into the recurring production phase, we can create components and parts at our Manufacturing facility. We can also assist with procurement of parts from other parties, assure their quality and oversee assembly in preparation for launch.
SAS has extensive experience in both prime and subcontracting roles.
We have assembled small teams of experienced and dedicated visionaries, systems engineers, scientists, and space operations specialists who provide time-critical solutions to a multitude of space-related projects. These teams have extensive experience in serving both the classified and unclassified sectors with engineering, scientific and advanced technology solutions that help ensure project success in the private and public realms.
Our expertise spans the spectrum from Spaceflight Safety™ to Systems Development with a sweet spot in Launch Vehicle development, including integration of propulsion systems and avionics. We have a long history of supporting diverse launch site activities, such as integration, range safety and general operations. Our team has spent years of development effort improving upon today’s most active propulsion systems.
SAS has worked on every major U.S. and international launch system, gathering expertise in the technical and programmatic risks of complex systems. We bring that experience to bear in launch vehicle development, spacecraft integration, and mission assurance to assist in cradle-to-grave conceptual design activities, as well as mission risk assessment.
Our program experience with NASA, the U.S. Air Force and industry partners includes the Orbital Space Plane, EELV, CCDev1/2, ORS, and Constellation. SAS team members have supported launch development, activation, safety, and operations at all U.S. launch sites – ETR, WTR, Kodiak, Kwajalein, and Wallops.
Aviation: A Decade of Supporting Development and Safety
SAS has worked on major aviation systems relating to fixed-wing, rotor craft and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems over the past decade. Through multiple contracts, we have supported the FAA and other U.S. government agencies in developing improved safety monitoring analysis for UAV, airworthiness and licensing.
We provide lifecycle support to our clients in the aviation industry. As a Strategic Services provider, SAS offers guidance and support to prime contractors helping them understand what the government needs and how to write the proposal. Once the contract has been won, our Tactical Engineering team engages in program development activities ranging from specialty engineering and flight safety to hardware prototyping and system engineering.
As the program moves into the recurring production phase, we can create components and parts at our Manufacturing facility. We can also assist with procurement of parts from other parties, assure their quality and oversee assembly in preparation for deployment.
SAS has extensive experience in both prime and subcontract roles.
Our experience and expertise in the Aviation sector focus on two specific areas:
Aviation Engineering Services
- System Safety Analysis
- Flight Certification Support and Requirements
- Certificate of Airworthiness per DoD and FAA requirements
- Engineering Assurance: Mission Services
- Engineering Analysis including Composites
- Procedures and Checklist Development
Manned/Unmanned Airspace Safety
- High Altitude ISR Systems
- Re-entry and Experimental Vehicles
- Propulsion System Prototyping
- High Altitude: Hypersonic Research
- Mil-Std-882 Compliance and Airworthiness
- Trajectory Analysis
- Development of Human Interfaces & Simulators
Manufacturing: A Seamless Workflow from Concept to Product
SAS purchased a machine shop in Englewood, Colorado, in 2015 to create a seamless concept-to-product workflow for our Space, Aviation and Defense clients that ensures the rapid development of prototypes and short-run parts.
After investing in new state-of-the-art equipment, we established the machine shop as a wholly owned subsidiary called SAS Manufacturing. Today, it is a 21st Century manufacturing facility capable of meeting the rigorous standards of clients in aerospace, defense, energy and many commercial industries where accuracy and precision are mission critical.
SAS Manufacturing has been awarded AS9100 and ISO9000 certifications and is equipped with the latest in 3D printing, milling and lathing technology. Its centerpiece is the monoBlock 5-axis milling machine from DMG MORE, one of the most precise computerized numerical control (CNC) metal fabrication devices in the world.
The integrated workflow between the SAS tactical engineering team and SAS Manufacturing means we can take a client’s concept through the engineering and design phase to prototype creation in about a week and sometimes a single day. After thorough testing, also performed onsite as requested, short production runs of one to 1000 are completed in a fraction of the time it once took with a third-party machine shop involved.
Key services offered by SAS Manufacturing include:
- Rapid Prototyping & 3D Printing
- Design & Precision Machining
- Assembly & Component Testing
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Defense: Providing Support to the Defenders of Freedom
For more than a decade, SAS has worked closely with agencies and organizations in the U.S. defense community to ensure they do their jobs successfully and safely.
As part of our advanced research & development work, we have assisted DARPA in its critical missions. Our Space experts routinely engage in accident investigations for the U.S. government active in defense missions. And many of our aviation programs have assisted the Air Force and Army in keeping their aircraft certified and mission-ready.
On the manufacturing side of our business, SAS provides parts to the Defense Logistics Agency as well as several commercial companies that develop and launch our nation’s most sensitive payloads into space. We have prototyped innovative technologies for DARPA, and manufactured specialty parts for special operations aircraft.
The U.S. government has also called upon SAS to engage in defense threat reduction work assessing proliferation issues and the demilitarization of missile systems worldwide.
Energy: Transferring Vital Safety Procedures from Space Programs
SAS created the Special Energy Services (SES) division to transfer proven safety practices from the aerospace industry to the Energy sector. Combined, the team at SES has more than 100 years of rocketry experience managing the severe, high-risk environment in space – and we use that specialized knowledge of safety, reliability and risk analysis to revolutionize the energy industry.
We are bringing together technology, people and processes to prevent accidents and enhance functionality and streamline processes throughout the Energy industry.
SES believes that safety starts with the following:
- Design process
- Good systems engineering
- Identification of hazards and their control
- Tracking projects through construction and into operations to remove the possibility of catastrophic events
Organized processes to prevent accidents are the most cost effective solutions available for any industry involved in high risk operations, and we have the expertise to guide your team through these processes. Creating a corporate and management culture that supports safety training is critical to success for businesses where risk and danger are high. Our team will identify when aggressive and lean operations have crossed the line into high-risk situations.