July 20, 2021
Invocon Celebrates 15 Years as Participant in Space & Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville
Invocon, Inc will once again participate in the Space & Missile Defense Symposium at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama on 10-12 August 2021. The company will showcase the its capabilities and product designs in Booth 1327 in the South Hall.
Invocon began participating in the Symposium not long after it had successfully designed, built, and flown its first lethality assessment systems, also known as Hit Detection Systems (HDS). These high-speed sensing, data acquisition, and telemetry communication systems are used to measure the impact event(s) that occur when an intercept missile engages with a target missile during a missile flight test. The technologies developed by Invocon have evolved since then, allowing for multiple types of sensing and reporting capabilities that address the different types of engagements that occur in missile flight tests.
Invocon will also be celebrating the progress of the Aerospike Rocket Integration and Suborbital Experiment (ARISE) program, a Prototype Project Award by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Awarded through the Space Enterprise Consortium® (SpEC) and managed by the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) Rocket Lab at Edwards AFB, California. This 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.
Visiting the exhibits at the Space & Missile Defense Symposium is free of charge. We look forward to seeing you.
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.
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.
For more information about this award, refer to the following
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)