All Points Joins National Center for Simulation, Will Develop Partnerships Supporting New Software Center
By Space Coast Daily // February 20, 2020
MONKRESS: NCS provides robust platform for supporting contemplated Space Training and Readiness Command of the U.S. Space Force
All Points Opens Space and Software Center for Innovation and Technical Excellence in Titusville
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – All Points has become a member of the Orlando-based National Center for Simulation (NCS), joining hundreds of other industry members in the modeling, simulation and training community.
All Points will leverage National Center for Simulation membership to develop innovative partnerships supporting complex modeling and simulation technology for aerospace and defense applications in the company’s Titusville, Florida-based Space and Software Center for Innovation and Technical Excellence (CITE).
The 16,000 square foot center is outfitted with computing infrastructure suitable for over 100 personnel less than two miles from the main entrance to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on State Road 405.
The building location and layout were selected to accommodate the technical work needed for future launch site operations at KSC and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
“All Points envisions an innovative approach to apply common modeling and simulation technology to military programs and NASA’s Artemis program that will save money for these programs,” said Phil Monkress, All Points CEO.
“NCS also provides a robust platform for potentially supporting the contemplated Space Training and Readiness Command of the U.S. Space Force.”
#NCSNation is a not-for-profit trade association with government, academic and industry members operating as an open consortium.
The vision of NCS is to be the internationally recognized leader in promoting, protecting and growing the modeling, simulation and training (MS&T) community.
Merritt Island-based All Points, which also has offices in Virginia, Huntsville, Houston and Lousiana, expanded the company’s presence in Huntsville, Alabama, in the Cummings Research Park.
“Our new software center is a logical extension of the Orion crew vehicle software development service we have provided to Lockheed Martin for the past seven years,” said CEO Phil Monkress.
“We are working hard to be agile in responding to the rapidly evolving needs of rocket and spacecraft developers who will be launching from the Space Coast. Our vision is to be a national leader in commercial launch site services.”
All Points has partnered with Florida Tech student Slade Kerner, who is mentoring junior high and high school students in programming skills using the popular Minecraft Education Edition to build STEM skills on the Space Coast.
“We needed to expand our infrastructure to support NASA’s Artemis efforts to return to the moon and send astronauts to Mars,” added Steve Lloyd, All Points Chief Development Officer.
“We are also working with universities, Slade, and the community to build the talented workforce that will be needed locally to keep pace with these programs.”
All Points provides a full range of technology and mission-critical services within the firm’s core competencies including Systems Engineering and Technical Services; Information Technology and Cyber Security; Program Management Support; Software Development, Test, and Verification; Life-Cycle Logistics; Intelligence Services; Warfighter and Mission Support; and Hardware and Software Integration and Solutions.
“Fifty years ago, an exceptional generation of men and women helped to launch Americans into space and land NASA astronauts on the Moon,” said Monkress.
“Today, aerospace workers from All Points locations all over the country, are ushering in the next generation of American space travel and opening the door to return to the Moon and on to Mars.”
All Points works with innovative space companies and suppliers in all 50 states on NASA’s visionary plan to return American astronauts to the Lunar surface by 2024 and put Americans on Mars by the 2030s is taking shape.
U.S. Astronauts will ride in the Orion spacecraft launched by the Space Launch System (SLS) – the most powerful rocket ever built.
The rocket and spacecraft are being completed and tested this year in preparation for their first launch to the Moon next year and our neighbors are helping build it.
At Kennedy Space Center, and NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, All Points is supporting Boeing with the development of the SLS by providing quality engineering and Information Technology support.
All Points is also working with Lockheed Martin to design, develop and test the software that will be used to control and fly the Orion capsule and provide support on the ground.
“We are helping to assemble, integrate, and test the Orion prototypes using high tech testbeds in Houston and Denver,” said Monkress.
“Our engineers use these testbeds to test and check out actual flight hardware and interfaces to NASA’s Mission Control Center that will conduct the flight operations and training systems used to prepare astronauts for their mission at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
“But, they can’t do it without a comprehensive federal space policy that supports innovation, American manufacturing, STEM education, and space exploration.”
Having the world’s only exploration-class spacecraft and rocket provide the U.S. with an opportunity to continue our global leadership well into the 21st Century.
“Through the dedication and passion of aerospace workers, like All Points’ workforce, we can propel our country into the next age of American space leadership,” said Monkress.
“As a service-disabled veteran and owner of Space Coast-based All Points, I am committed to seeing Americans return to deep space. Bright, hard-working, dedicated workers highly educated in science, technology, engineering and math are critical to this mission.
“America’s unmatched legacy in space is built in part by companies like ours and aerospace workers like your neighbors.”
Reaching the Moon the first time was a national endeavor, with broad public and federal support. Returning to the Moon, establishing a gateway for deep space exploration, and eventually putting an American astronaut on Mars demands the same national effort.
“We must support federal policies that invest in STEM education,” said Monkress.
“The bold endeavor that is human space flight sparks the interest and imagination of the next generation of engineers, scientists, and astronauts.
“A determined commitment to exploring deep space brings benefits back to Earth through our continued advances in technology and innovation and ensures our legacy as the world leader in space,” said Monkress.
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