Sunday, April 3, 2011

Home on the Range

Florida Today reports on the Eastern Range that tracks launches from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Unlike other operations, the Eastern Range will remain intact after the shuttle program ends. Computer Services Raytheon, a partnership between Computer Sciences Corp. and Raytheon Technical Services Co. with 500 Brevard employees, manages the range with about a $100 million budget, and its contract runs until 2017.

"The flyout of the shuttle program won't have a big impact on most of the work we do because it's the same whether it's a Delta 4, an Atlas 5, a Falcon 9 or a space shuttle," said Michael Maier, CSR vice president and general manager. "We've got some new radars coming on line. We have new communications systems, new weather systems. It's a steady workload going on there."

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