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CORPORATE MOVES Colorado “Niobrara Energy Park is situated in the perfect location, strategically between gas and electric hubs, allowing for sta-bilization of grid energy and peak demands," said Harrison. “Upstream from the park is the Cheyenne hub, which deliv-ers five to seven percent of the daily flow of gas in America, as well as intermittent alternative energy sources, including hydro and wind. Downstream from the park, we have the largest electric trading hub in Colorado. By combining alternative energy generation and a new alternative and clean fossil electricity, along with the connection to the adjoining national fiber highway, this is the ideal site for a mega data center of national importance.” Altogether, the park has more than 40 zoning-approved energy land uses, Harrison added. “It will be interesting to watch the evolution of the park. I’m very excited to bring such an important and historic center to Colorado,” he said Space Ops Center Makes Denver Gateway to the Stars ockheed Martin recently unveiled the first Orion spacecraft and a L state-of-the-art Space Operations Simulation Center (SOSC). These two major projects, located at Lock-heed Martin’s Waterton Facility near Denver, CO, showcase the NASA-industry teams’ progress for human space flight, the Orion Project and NASA’s Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. The spacecraft will undergo rigorous testing in Denver to validate Orion’s ability to endure the harsh environ-ments of deep space. The Orion crew exploration vehicle is on schedule to conduct its first orbital flight test as early as 2013 and provide initial opera-tional flights by 2016 as required by the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. “Our nation’s next bold step in exploration could begin by 2016,” said John Karas, vice president and general manager for Lockheed Mar-tin’s Human Space Flight programs. “Orion was designed from inception to fly multiple, deep-space missions. The spacecraft is an incredibly robust, technically advanced vehicle capable of safely transporting humans to asteroids, Lagrange Points and other deep space destinations that will put us on an affordable and sustainable path to Mars.” The SOSC represents part of Lock-70 MARCH/APRIL 2011 heed Martin’s multi-million dollar investment in testing and validating future human space-flight programs to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable space exploration. Today’s demonstra-tions at the SOSC featured sim-ulated missions to an asteroid and the International Space Sta-tion using laser and optically guided robotic navigation systems. This sys-tem and other cutting edge capabili-ties demonstrate how Lockheed Mar-tin employs full-scale motion to test and verify multiple mission scenarios. The SOSC currently supports inte-grated testing of Orion’s Relative Navi-gation System, which includes STORRM (Sensor Test for Orion Rel-Nav Risk Mitigation)—a new and innovative navigation and docking sys-tem that will be tested on the upcom-ing STS-134 shuttle mission to the International Space Station. STORRM is one of the major subsystem tests that will be completed before Orion's first orbital flight test in 2013, that will conduct high-altitude orbits and a high-energy reentry that simulate the environments of a deep space mission. SOSC operations support critical development, evaluation and testing necessary to ensure safe, successful human and robotic missions to Earth-Orion spacecraft assembly orbiting platforms, planets, moons or other bodies in our solar system. In addition, the center tests ranging, ren-dezvous, docking, proximity operations, imaging, descent and landing systems. “Lockheed Martin built this remarkable facility to develop and test spacecraft systems, further demonstrat-ing our commitment to improve safety and advance capabilities for future U.S. human spaceflight,” said Karas. The SOSC is built upon a 1,700-foot-deep Colorado bedrock forma-tion and is isolated from local seismic disturbances. This foundation pro-vides an ultra-stable environment for testing precision instruments and accurate navigation systems needed for space vehicles. The 41,000-square-foot facility also holds a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold rating for its high effi-ciency environmental controls, energy-saving lighting systems, and native vegetation landscaping.