Monday, August 31, 2015

2nd Annual NASA Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)/Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Partnerships Meeting

I am pleased to announce that the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) will be holding the 2nd Annual NASA Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)/Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Partnerships Meeting.This event is hosted by NASA's Office of Small Business Programs, the Office of Education and the Marshal Space Flight Center (MSFC) Small Business Office. This event is crucial for targeting NASA's current and future prime and subcontracting opportunities for HBCUs/MSIs. One of our centerwide goals has always been to target this particular socioeconomic category by providing an event for HBCU/MSI representatives to network. NASA's prime contractors such as Aerojet Rocketdyn, Ch2M Hill, Jacobs, Lockeed Martin, United Launch Alliance, SAIC, Orbital ATK, The Boeing Company, Northrop Gruman, Teledyne Brown Engineering and Wyle will be in attendance. This special opportunity will be hosted by Marshall Space Flight Center on September 16, 2015. Please visit this link for further details and to register.

Friday, August 28, 2015

High-Tech Small Business at Ames Research Center

I had the opportunity to go to Ames Research Center (ARC) where I met with many companies to learn about their current projects coming out of the Research Park. High-Tech Small Businesses with emerging technologies are constantly providing NASA with the resources to reach our goals faster than ever before. Just to name a few, I had the opportunity to meet with a company called skyTran. They are working on transporting high-speed vehicles using magnetic levitation (Maglev) with a patented Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system. I got to see the folks over at Made In Space for the second time this year. Made In Space is the SBIR/STTR Phase II Company that invented the 3-D printer that operates in zero gravity. Rhombus Power, is known for a scaleable platform for detecting sub-atomic particles with their product known as Mercury. Scanadu Technology uses sensor technology to personalize medicine and The Peregrine Falcon Corporation helped design parabolic reflectors for the A1 antenna on the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU-A) flight instrument. It was a pleasure meeting each and every one of these companies and learning about their continued successes at NASA. 

With the folks at skyTran

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Johnson Space Center (JSC) Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Industry Day

I'm proud to announce that NASA Johnson Space Center along with the JSC Industry Assistance Office, JSC Small Business Council, and JSC Prime Contractors Roundtable are hosting a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Small Business Industry Day on August 11, 2015 from 7:00am-4:00 PM. The networking event will be held at the Gilruth Conference Center, 2101 E. NASA PKWY., Houston, Texas 77058.

HUBZone businesses are encouraged to participate; however this event is open to all businesses.

Businesses will have an opportunity to network with the NASA Office of Small Business Programs, NASA Small Business Specialists from each center, JSC Small Business Technical Coordinators, and JSC prime contractors.

To register please click HERE.

NASA Prime Contractors interested in exhibiting should email and reference “Exhibit Request” in the subject line.

Representatives of NASA and federal government prime contractors will be available to answer questions about doing business with their respective organizations. Matchmaking will be scheduled and further information will be posted on the JSC Small Business Website.
Registration is open to all Small Businesses who want to do business with NASA. Due to limited seating, registration will be handled on a first come first serve basis.

If you have any questions please contact the JSC Industry Assistance Office at (281) 483-4512.
There is no fee to participate and no Government-issued badge is required.
Make your plans to join us at this exciting event as we expect a great turn out as always! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Welcome Message: New NASA Deputy Administrator Dr. Newman

I want to take the time to welcome aboard our new Deputy Administrator Dr. Dava Newman to the NASA family. Dr. Newman took her Oath of Office a couple weeks ago and her first day was on May 18, 2015.

This is going to be an exciting ride for Dr. Newman. She received her PhD in Aerospace Biomedical Engineering from MIT. One of her well-known accomplishments is her design of the BioSuit which is a form fitting space suit that replaces gas pressure with mechanical pressure using metal coils. With cutting-edge technology providing the fundamental tools in order to take human to deep space, leadership progression at NASA goes hand-in-hand as we continue to move forward into the universe.

Again, welcome Dr. Newman, we all look forward to working with you!
Did I mention this is the best place to work in the Federal government?

Friday, May 8, 2015

2015 National Small Business Week

2015 National Small Business Week was a great success! I wanted to highlight a significant experience I had while at Ames Research Center (ARC) for our Small Business Improvement Plan (SBIP) Meeting. I had the opportunity to meet the staff and management of a SBIR Phase II company called Made In Space. Made In Space has a partnership with NASA and is located at ARC. What makes this small business so unique is that they designed and engineered the first ever 3-D printer that operates in zero gravity in space. In 2014, Space X launched the printer out of Cape Canaveral, Florida en route to the International Space Station (ISS). They started with sending specific code to the ISS where they printed the first ever manufactured in space object. This means that they are able to print a real tangible object to use to their benefit at the ISS. Yes, I know what you are thinking, literally out of this world manufacturing!

Talking tech with senior staff at Made In Space

Also during Small Business Week the NASA Administrator had the privilege to meet a Small Business in DC called Compass Coffee. Compass Coffee is owned by Marines that use NASA technology when brewing their coffee. The technology used is called Proportional Integral Derivative (PID) controllers. When roasting the coffee beans, this technology measures time temperature profiles to ensure every cup of coffee tastes the same. Another technology used is near infrared abridged spectrometry (NIRS) which NASA uses to collect data for the Aqua satellite about Earth’s water cycle. Compass Coffee uses the same technology to assure that each cup has the same level of quinic acid. Why? Again, for the same great taste each time a cup is brewed. There is more space in your life than you think! 

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NASA Deep Space Human Exploration Spacecraft Orion: A Case for Small Business

I am proud to announce that our newest publication titled NASA Deep Space Human Exploration Spacecraft Orion: A Case for Small Business was released on April 28, 2015. This is the second publication that the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) has put together since Curiosity and NASA’s Mission to Mars. With great detail, OSBP has managed and produced a wonderful publication that we can now share with the public. The publication highlights some of the small businesses that contributed to Lockeed Martin’s Spacecraft Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1). If you haven’t done so already, please take the time to view the publication on our website as a downloadable PDF or you can request a hardcopy at You may find yourself as inspired as I am while reading about the cutting edge technology behind all of our advances which makes us that much closer to putting man on Mars. I want to encourage these small businesses to keep moving forward into the solar system and proving that anything is possible. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The FY14 NASA Small Business Administrator’s Cup Award is Announced

Today Administrator Bolden and I took a trip down to Huntsville, Alabama to present the FY14 NASA Small Business Administrator’s Cup Award to Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). This award is presented each fiscal year to the NASA center that has the best overall small business program. This is a great achievement for MSFC since it will be the fourth time that MSFC has been awarded the Administrator’s Cup in the seven years it has been presented. 

I want to recognize Marshall’s Center Director Mr. Patrick Scheuermann and the center Small Business Specialist Mr. David Brock for their tireless commitment to the small business program.

As David Brock, the Marshall small business specialist says, “It is indeed an honor for our Center to have been selected to receive such a prestigious award the fourth time in seven years. Our successes start with our management. Their continuing support has created a positive environment in which to promote small business utilization across all organizations at MSFC. Our large business prime contractors have also contributed immensely to our successes as noted by the high mark in total subcontracting to small businesses in fiscal year 2014 of approximately $375 million. Other major contributors to our successes include the Marshall Prime Contractor Supplier Council consisting of representatives from approximately 50 large businesses, and the Marshall Small Business Executive Leadership Team consisting of representatives from approximately 30 small businesses. Both of these organizations provide strategic guidance to assist the Small Business Program staff in the implementation of NASA’s Socioeconomic Programs at MSFC. The key is teamwork.”

This year, I am pleased, but not at all surprised to present this gallant award to the Marshall team. They continue to build upon their excellence and are definitely setting the precedence for all NASA centers. They show exceptional loyalty to our mission and small business. 

Congratulations on this groundbreaking achievement and keep up the hard work in helping NASA achieve its goals!

From the Left: Marshall Space Flight Center Small Business Specialist Mr. David Brock, NASA Administrator Mr. Charles Bolden and Marshall Space Flight Center Director Mr. Patrick Scheuermann

Read the full press release HERE