ASRC Federal is helping to support the next generation of space exploration, but actual work on flight-support operations is only part of its impact. As both the industry and the Space Coast look to the future, the company is effectively reshaping the local horizon.
With a local presence since 2000, ASRC Federal — headquartered in metropolitan Washington, D.C., as a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp., an Alaska Native entity — supports critical missions for their NASA and Air Force customers, including NASA’s Orion spacecraft program, on which the company is a subcontractor for Lockheed Martin.
“Our strong and continued partnership on Orion exemplifies our commitment to providing exceptional, customer-focused service to Lockheed Martin and ultimately to NASA,” noted Lloyd Gregg, ASRC Federal’s general manager of flight support services.
ASRC Federal won that contract in 2012 by virtue of its lengthy history of delivering high-performance space systems engineering, integration and satellite operations services to civil and defense agencies. ASRC Federal employs approximately 250 people on the Orion project, supporting all phases of the program’s life cycle and across the entire space systems architecture, including space and ground assets.
Meanwhile, ASRC Federal also has kept an eye on the industry’s future, particularly Gregg, who is sort of a space industry lifer, with more than 30 years of extensive experience in systems engineering, human space operations and project management. He’s been on the Orion program since 2012 and previously worked on the shuttle, among other area space efforts.
Building a Workforce for the Future
In 2015, recognizing the need to engage in knowledge transfer for the next generation of engineers, Gregg established an apprentice partnership with Eastern Florida State College that is now paying big dividends.
“MOST OF OUR WORKFORCE ON ORION CAME FROM THE SHUTTLE PROGRAM …SO, I BEGAN WORKING WITH THE COLLEGE TO DEVELOP THE NEXT GENERATION OF AEROSPACE TECHNICIANS AND WORKERS.”
The apprentice program attracts students in the college’s aerospace technology program, trains them and pays their part-time salaries in hopes of creating a talent pipeline. “[The students] are assessed after four months to see if they have the capability to be an Orion technician,” Gregg said.
To date, 30 of 31 participating students have been hired after the training. “It’s helped out the industry, and it’s helped out the college in terms of supplying jobs to the students.”
Notably, the apprenticeship program has been so successful, the college has reached out to other local contractors to emulate it.
Further, other outreach efforts by ASRC Federal personnel are ongoing with eyes toward giving back to the region as well as moving it forward. Community service is deemed a part of the job. For one, Gregg, a graduate of Florida Institute of Technology and the University of Central Florida, is a regular at numerous events and activities of the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce, which has supported the company’s efforts.
Concluded Gregg: “It’s definitely a commitment by the company to help the next-generation workforce and the community.”