Erickson Selected By NASA for Mid-Air Retrieval Program
Erickson S-64F aircrane has been contracted in support of the initial phases of NASA’s 3rd Generation Mid-Air Retrieval Project for retrieval of NASA vessels upon re-entry to the atmosphere
Erickson, March 01, 2016 - PORTLAND, Ore. — Erickson Incorporated, a leading global provider of aviation services, has been contracted in support of the initial phases of NASA’s 3rd Generation Mid-Air Retrieval Project.
The project is focused on mid-air retrieval of NASA vessels upon re-entry to the atmosphere. Erickson is contracted to study the concept of operations for proposed NASA missions that employ mid-air retrieval using a single S-64F Aircrane helicopter.
“We strive for our aircraft operations and aviation engineering services to be best in class,” said Jeff Roberts, President and CEO at Erickson Incorporated. “Being selected by NASA, once again, to successfully contribute to the future of spaceflight, is an honor.”
Erickson has provided flight services to NASA and other potential spaceflight providers over the past decade. This work will be conducted at Erickson’s southern Oregon facility with presentation of deliverables to NASA at Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. This phase of the program is scheduled to be complete within three months of the contract award.
The S-64F Aircrane helicopter has a hoist weight of 25,000 lbs. and is often utilized for heavy lift projects including construction and timber harvesting. The same aircraft, when equipped with a 2,650 gallon water tank, is an effective and accurate tool for firefighting.
About Erickson: Erickson (NASDAQ:EAC) is a leading global provider of aviation services and operates, maintains and manufactures utility aircraft to safely transport and place people and cargo around the world. The Company is self-reliant, multifaceted and operates in remote locations under challenging conditions specializing in Global Defense and Security, Manufacturing and MRO, and Commercial Services (comprised of firefighting, HVAC, power line, construction, timber harvesting, oil and gas and specialty lift). With roots dating back to 1960, Erickson operates a fleet of approximately 80 aircraft, is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, USA, and operates in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Australia.
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