Parsons Announces ALS Strategic Partnership to Expand Space Market; Aarish Gokaldas, Phil Smith Quoted

Parsons has partnered with Adaptive Launch Solutions (ALS) for launch and space system engineering, operations and integration opportunities with the U.S. government and commercial customers, Parsons announced on Wednesday

"United States government organizations and commercial companies are realizing the benefits from advancements made in small and mid- size satellite capabilities," stated Phil Smith, chief executive officer of ALS. "Together ALS and Parsons will help our customers meet their program objectives and achieve their business plans by providing reliable, responsive launch integration."

Aarish Gokaldas, executive vice president of the Parsons Space and Geospatial Solutions market, noted that Parsons will integrate scalable,  end-to-end launch operations to optimize the space mission. The company will collaborate with ALS to develop a strategic plan and create new hardware solutions. 

Additionally, the  partnership will integrate an expansive payload and separation in orbit. Parsons and ALS will merge efforts to develop more options for launch and simplify the process included in vehicle systems interfaces. 

Parsons and ALS are both on the U.S. Space Force Launch Manifest Systems Integrator (LMSI) program, with Parsons serving as the prime contractor. The Parsons and ALS team successfully completed the first launch as part of the LMSI program in August 2019. The second launch is scheduled for March 2020.

"The combination of Parsons and ALS will continue unlocking the potential of the space domain for our customers," said Gokaldas.

Along with the launch partnership, Parsons has become increasingly involved in space research and development. In Jan. 2020,  the company received a task order from the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide cybersecurity support for government-owned space defense platforms.

Under the task order, the company will develop secure architectures, engineer and integrate systems and assess cyber risks  in a push to help customers avoid cyber attacks on national space infrastructure. Parsons noted its experience in cyber development, information assurance and multidomain operations can help GSA to address the federal government's security requirements.

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