NASA Signs Agreement with PaR Systems for Use of Unique Facility

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April 5, 2013

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

RELEASE: 06-13


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has 
signed a new partnership agreement with PaR Systems Inc. of 
Shoreview, Minn., for use of the Hangar N facility and its unique 
nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment. The facility is located on 
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) adjacent to Kennedy.

Because of NASA's transition from the Space Shuttle Program to future 
commercial and government mission activities, this agreement allows 
NASA to preserve Hangar N's unique inventory of nondestructive test 
and evaluation (NDE) equipment and the capability for current and 
future mission spaceflight support. The government retains ownership 
of the facility and equipment, which enables PaR Systems to utilize 
it now and NASA to use it for future spaceflight projects.

"Kennedy Space Center continues to work with the commercial community 
to find inventive ways to use our unique facilities and equipment," 
said Kennedy Director Bob Cabana. "We look forward to this new 
partnership with PaR Systems and its contributions to America's space 

Under a 15-year lease agreement, PaR Systems will operate and maintain 
the facility at its own expense to perform nondestructive evaluation 
testing and other related aerospace, marine and industrial products 
services. The company will immediately access the facility to begin 

Hangar N can inspect large structures as well as small commercial and 
aerospace parts. Its location at CCAFS allows PaR to provide support 
to NASA's Space Launch System and Orion programs and to commercial 
launch customers.

Kennedy's business project development team and the Economic 
Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast worked with PaR 
Systems Inc. to establish the agreement.

PaR Systems Inc. is a privately held business specializing in process 
automation, robotic solutions and services for critical applications 
in demanding environments. Initially, eight PaR employees will be 
based at Kennedy to perform the work. Additional support will be 
provided by PaR's LaserUT Center of Excellence in Fort Worth, Texas, 
and its Robotics Headquarters in Shoreview, Minn.

Kennedy is positioning itself for the next era of space exploration, 
transitioning to a 21st century launch facility with multiple users, 
both private and government. A dynamic infrastructure is taking 
shape, designed to host many kinds of spacecraft and rockets sending 
people on America's next adventures in space.

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