Minnesota Firm Signs 15-Year Lease With KSC
By Space Coast Daily // April 8, 2013
NASA Retains Ownership Of Unique Facility
BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – A new partnership agreement between PaR Systems Inc. of Shoreview, Minn. and Kennedy Space Center will allow the company to use of the Hangar N facility and its unique nondestructive testing equipment.
The facility is located on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station adjacent to Kennedy.
The partnership agreement with Kennedy was finalized April 5 and it allows NASA to preserve Hangar N’s unique inventory of nondestructive test and evaluation 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 use it now and NASA to use the building 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 Space Center Director Bob Cabana. “We look forward to this new partnership with PaR Systems and its contributions to America’s space program.”
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 work.
Hangar N can inspect large structures as well as small commercial and aerospace parts.
Its location at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 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 to establish the agreement.
PaR Systems 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.