The launch of the SpaceX Dragon (the ninth commercial resupply services mission (CRS-9) to the International Space Station) is slated for 11:45 AM (CST) Monday July 18. The Dragon will be carrying approximately 5000 lbs of cargo, including four Polar units that were prepared for launch at UAB over the past several weeks. The four Polar units launching Monday will join eight other units currentlty residing on ISS, four MERLINs and four Glaciers.

Our organization hosted Congressman Gary Palmer, Dr. Bolus (UAB), and our NASA sponsor for a discussion of engineering growth and development in Birmingham. Congressman Palmer was presented with a framed flight patch from the last Shuttle mission.

Our organization's Quality Management System is certified to AS9100 Revision C. Surveillance assessments for our AS9100 certification are performed annually and are intended to assure ongoing conformity and demonstrate that our quality management system remains effective and encourages continual improvement. In December, the annual external audit for our AS9100 certification was performed by Smithers Quality Assessments. Our team is proud to have completed another successful audit.

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket successfully launched on December 6, carrying the Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft in to orbit. This marks Orbital ATK's fourth mission (OA-4) under the NASA Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.