SMC Standard Space Training Team wins 2008 AF Modeling & Simulation Acquisition Award
By Satellite Control and Network Systems Group, Space and Missile Systems Center
/ Published May 21, 2009
LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Satellite Control and Network Systems Group's Standard Space Trainer Team won the 2008 Air Force Modeling and Simulation Acquisition Award. The Standard Space Trainer (SST) Team distinguished itself by taking a grassroots idea for a standardized space training simulation architecture and executing the concept into a fully funded acquisition program. The team garnered initial funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
SST team members leveraged technology maturation conducted during the first two phases of the SBIR effort into SMC's first-ever SBIR Phase III contract, taking the technology from research to commercialization. The team championed the SST concept through AFSPC Commander Gen Robert Kehler; SST has now been established by HQ AFSPC as the standardized training and simulation architecture for all space programs.
The Air Force M&S Acquisition Award recognizes Air Force military members, federal civilian employees, small teams and/or organizations for sustained superior performance and outstanding achievements in the development or application of models and simulations across the M&S acquisition functional activity.
Since winning this award, the SST team fulfilled its 2009 PEO Commitment to deliver the SST Interface Control Document (ICD) two months early. The SST team also received the 2008 SMC Commander's Small Business Award for its effective partnership with small business.