NASA Signs Agreement With United Paradyne For Use Of Facility

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May 20, 2013

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

RELEASE: 13-13


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has 
signed a new partnership agreement with United Paradyne Corporation 
of Santa Maria, Calif., for use of the Hypergolic Maintenance 
Facility, or HMF. 

The HMF previously was used during NASA's Apollo and Space Shuttle 
Programs. Because of NASA's transition from the shuttle to future 
commercial and government mission activities, this agreement allows 
NASA to preserve the unique facility capabilities for future 
spaceflight projects.

United Paradyne will utilize the HMF to provide offline processing 
support services in the storage, delivery, handling and maintenance 
of hypergolic and green propellant commodities and satellite fueling 
operations. The company also will provide services to refurbish, 
manufacture and assemble test ground support equipment. 

"Kennedy continues to work with the commercial community to find 
innovative ways to use and preserve our unique capabilities," said 
Kennedy Director Bob Cabana. "With the support of organizations such 
as the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast, 
Kennedy Space Center is well on its way to becoming a world-class 
multiuser launch complex. We look forward to our partnership with 
United Paradyne and its contributions to America's space program."

Under a 15-year lease agreement, United Paradyne will operate and 
maintain the facility at its own expense. The company, which will 
access the facility in June, will employ approximately 12 aerospace 
workers within the first year and has a goal of achieving 50 new jobs 
over the next four years.

Kennedy's center planning and development team and the Economic 
Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast worked with the 
company to establish the agreement.

United Paradyne Corporation is a privately held business specializing 
in hypergolic storage facility operations and satellite fueling 

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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