May 27, 2020

U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) awards ARISE program

The Team of Invocon, Inc., KT Engineering Corporation, and Troy 7, Inc. has been awarded a Prototype Project Award by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) for the Aerospike Rocket Integration and Suborbital Experiment (ARISE). Awarded through the Space Enterprise Consortium® (SpEC) and managed by the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) Rocket Lab at Edwards AFB, California, the project will demonstrate flight in a sub-orbital flight test of a launch vehicle utilizing a single rocket engine with an annular aerospike nozzle, modular thrust cells, and modular turbomachinery.

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This sub-scale 3D-printed model shows the ARISE vehicle in its flight configuration. The landing gear (black “fins”) provide additional stability during flight and are deployed prior to landing. The ARISE vehicle is approximately 40 feet tall with an eight-foot diameter. Its payload deck can accommodate payloads of up to 84” diameter by 143” high with a mass of up to 6,600 pounds.

June 7, 2019

Northrop Grumman awards Invocon with 2019 World Class Team Award

Invocon, Inc.—a Veteran-Owned Small Business founded in 1986 and based just outside of Houston, TX—was awarded the 2019 World Class Team Award by Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) under its supplier diversity program. Nominated by Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS) sector, Invocon was recognized for their resilience in supporting the Northrop Grumman MRBM T3c2 program with designing, manufacturing, and performing full Qualification and Environmental Testing of the Hit Detection Systems (HDS). NGIS noted, “Invocon has been tested with challenges time after time under the MRBM T3c2 program due to the highly developmental nature of the program. They have accepted every challenge, and as a small business, they have excelled remarkably with quality performance, a highly qualified design, and unparalleled support. ... Invocon’s contributions to the program, the company, and the war fighter have been invaluable.” HDS are lethality assessment systems integrated into the target vehicle that identify the exact first hit point and subsequent damage progression as a killer missile impacts the target. Invocon has also continuously refined and enhanced the HDS to adhere to the strict requirements of the Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) Target System Performance Specification. These are extremely complex and mission critical systems for the program.

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NGC Award 2019

From left to right: Kristen Collins, Global Supplier Diversity Programs Representative (NGC); Doug Heerman, Research and Development Director (IVC); Vicky Schumann, Vice President, Global Supply Chain (NGC); Karl Kiefer, President (IVC); Andrea Laskowski, Program Manager (NGC); Candy Guerrero, Principal Supply Chain Subcontract Specialist (NGC); Brenda Norwood, Staff Supply Chain Business Operations/Compliance Specialist (NGC); Eric Michlowitz, Vice President, Supply Chain, Space Systems Group (NGC)