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Red Canyon Sofware - Exploring Other Planets, Improving Our Own

Red Canyon Engineering and Software develops cutting-edge technology to help humankind explore space and other planets, as well as advanced renewable resources on Earth. We are proud to be involved with important missions ranging from searching for water on Mars, to analyzing the composition of distant comets, and building the next human spacecraft. Our clients include government agencies such as NASA, DOD, NOAA, and NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) in addition to prime contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Millenium Engineering, Honeywell, Ball Aerospace, United Lauch Alliance, and Exelis.

LATEST NEWS - October 2015

Red Canyon engineer Lisa Akers wins NASA Silver Snoopy award
This month, Red Canyon's own Lisa Akers (pictured second from left) was awarded the very prestigious NASA Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Silver Snoopy Award. This is the astronauts' personal achievement award, and is given to less than one percent of the total NASA/contractor workforce annually. This Snoopy was awarded in recognition of her efforts to assemble the Orion Launch Abort System for the EM-1 mission, including the first ever flight installation of the protective fairings that keep the crew safe during launch and ascent.  Her efforts to ensure the LAS is correctly assembled, fully functional, and properly installed on the crew module are recognized as a key aspect of crew safety and mission success – a feature most appreciated by the astronauts. Lisa is an extremely dedicated engineer and Red Canyon is so proud to have her on the team! 

Lisa Akers

LATEST NEWS - September 2015

Red Canyon engineer Dan Smith Hall of Fame
Red Canyon employee Dan Smith recently traveled back to his high school in Fargo, ND.  While there, he was invited to speak to students about his career as an Electrical Engineer.  Dan spoke to 3 different classes, including 2 Advanced Placement classes.  His presentations focused heavily on the space program with an emphasis on his recent contributions to the Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle.  Dan emphasized the importance of studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as well as the value of a college education in enhancing future career opportunities.  In this photo, Dan is talking about some of his efforts to promote STEM, including a GESTEM seminar that encouraged 7th and 8th grade girls to think about planning a 3 year mission to Mars.

Dan Smith

LATEST NEWS - August 2015

Red Canyon is now a Certifiably Green company
We are excited to announce that as of August 12th, Red Canyon Software is Denver Certifiably Green company! One of our company values is to "conduct all business with an ethic of conservation and long-term awareness." As such, we strive to find new ways to support this value and reduce our company's carbon footprint. In order to receive this certification, we completed a Green Checklist covering several categories such as Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, and Resource Management. A few of the items in which we participate include recycling, installing high-efficiency toilets, purchasing Energy Star-rated equipment, and donating extra office supplies and materials to local nonprofits or schools. Interested in having your business become Certifiably Green? Check out the program here!

LATEST NEWS - March 2014

Red Canyon Awarded Phase II SBIR, Colorado State AI Grant, and NREL IDIQ Contract
Red Canyon Software recieved many exciting awards this month in the areas of Research & Development and renewable energy!

On March 7th, we were awarded a two-year Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from NASA for our Integrated Scheduler-Planner And Reactive Executive (I-SPAREX) autonomous decision-making software! This is the next stage following our successful award and performance of the Phase I SBIR Contract last year.

On March 13th, we were awarded a $250,000 Colorado Advanced Industries grant in order to expand the applications of I-SPAREX to industries outside of aerospace, such as robotics manufacturing, UAVs, and remote monitoring for gas and oil wells. We will be using the funding from the NASA contract and this grant to set up a computer laboratory in which to develop this software!

Last, but certainly not least, on March 13th we were awarded a three-year, $21-million contract with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for a proposal submitted last October! Red Canyon will be providing Science and Business IT Services & Support for NREL, located in Golden, Colorado.

LATEST NEWS - January 2014

Red Canyon Begins Supporting Honeywell Aerospace
Starting this month, Red Canyon has teamed up with local company Lewis Fowler to provide Orion program support to Honeywell Aerospace in the areas of Program Planning & Control, Proposal Coordination, Systems Safety, and Hardware and Software Quality Assurance. Team Red Canyon has nearly 10 people on contract and is looking forward to exploring this new and exiting relationship!

LATEST NEWS - November 2013

Red Canyon Selected for NASA KLXS II Contract at KSC as Part of Millenium Engineering's Winning Team
Red Canyon Software is proud to announce that we have been awarded a contract under the winning Millenium Engineering team to provide engineering support for NASA's Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) at Kennedy Space Center. This is a follow-on contract with a $97.2 million dollar value and a potential five-year performance duration, beginning in February, 2014. Red Canyon is excited to begin this new opportunity with Millenium Engineering and to build a strong foundation for our current and future services at KSC!

LATEST NEWS - October 2013

Red Canyon Selected as Prime for $50M Lockheed Martin IDIQ Civil Space Technical Services Contract
Red Canyon Software and its three teammates were awarded a 5-year, $50 million dollar, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract by Lockheed Martin. Beginning in January, 2014, Red Canyon will provide engineering and technical services support to Lockheed across all Civil Space programs, including ORION, Juno, InSight, OSIRIS-REx, MAVEN, and GOES-R. In addition to winning a prime contract, we are on teams with three companies who were also awarded prime contracts. Red Canyon is thrilled to continue providing outstanding services to Lockheed Martin, and we look forward to the opportunities this new contract will provide!

LATEST NEWS - October 2013

Red Canyon Team Member in the Denver Post
Red Canyon's own Kelly Bezjak was pictured in the Denver Post article regarding the Juno mission flyby on October 9th. The Juno spacecraft seeks to further our understanding of Jupiter's atmosphere, origins, and core. The spacecraft passed within just 347 miles of Earth's surface Wednesday, but surprised the mission operations team at Lockheed Martin when it reemerged from Earth's dark side sending an unexpectedly weak signal. It was discovered that while in the communication blackout the spacecraft had put itself into safe mode for an as yet unknown reason. Click here to read the full article!

When we asked about the status of the spacecraft, Kelly was able to share this information with us:

"Despite the Safe Mode entry, the spacecraft is on its way to Jupiter and is healthy. The Safe Mode did not affect the purpose of the flyby, which was to put Juno on course to Jupiter; all spacecraft systems are currently functioning nominally. As a Red Canyon team member, I am proud to have supported flyby operations!"

LATEST NEWS - July 2013

Red Canyon Software Mention in the Denver Post
Red Canyon has been supporting Lockheed Martin in the development of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft since early 2011. Just under 4 months prior to the anticipated launch, MAVEN will be disassembled and shipped to Florida for launch preparation. Check out this article in the Denver Post for more information, as well as a nod to Red Canyon's support!

LATEST NEWS - May 2013

Red Canyon Software Featured in Denver Business Journal
In regards to a NASA Small Buiness Innovative Research (SBIR) proposal submitted by Red Canyon Software in November 2012, we have been featured in the May 3rd edition of the Denver Business Journal. If you are a DBJ subscriber, please visit the Denver Business Journal website to read the article. Otherwise, click here to download a PDF version. If you are interested in writing an SBIR please take look at our SBIR and R&D Opps posting.

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