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Aerospace: Engineering company celebrates first-ever unveiling of its spacecraft transporter

Posted: July 30, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2011 1:57 a.m.

Dave Cochran, left, and Rick Montoya, pose in front of their Cygnus Vertical Container at Vivace-Spacetron’s office in Valencia on Thursday. The Vivace-Spacetron transporter will safely ferry the Cygnus spacecraft around Orbital Sciences’ 20-mile launch pad in Virginia.

 

It was a moment of immense pride for local Vivace-Spacetron principals Rick Montoya and Dave Cochran, local vendors and their employees Thursday night.

A couple hundred people gathered at the aerospace company’s Valencia headquarters to celebrate the first-ever unveiling of the firm’s newly built spacecraft transporter, the Cygnus Vertical Container.

The small business competed against many other sub-contractors to secure the winning design, and contract, for a transporter.

The Vivace-Spacetron transporter will safely ferry the Cygnus spacecraft around Orbital Sciences’ 20-mile launch pad in Virginia.

The privately built spacecraft is set to deliver supplies to the International Space Station sometime in February 2012.

On-hand to commemorate the small aerospace company’s accomplishment was Mayor Marsha McLean, representatives for Congressman Buck McKeon, Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Supervisor Michael Antonovich.

Also on-hand to congratulate the firm’s achievement was Bill Kennedy and Jonas Peterson of the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Commission, Terri K. Crain of the SCV Chamber of Commerce and Jason Crawford, marketing and economic development manager with the City of Santa Clarita, and Tim Baber, College of the Canyons welding-technology department chairman.

A catered dinner, music and photo opportunities with the space transporter were offered up to the crowd of attendees.
Vivace-Spacetron is expected to build 20 transporters for the private space program.

A spokesperson from Orbital sent a message thanking the team of builders, saying the transporter “represents a critical piece of the spacecraft program.”

“The commercial space program is now with private companies,” Cochran said.

“This is the triumph of American ingenuity. No other country is close to doing what we’re doing in the U.S.”

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