News ItemMay 2015 Park Post
SolAero to Acquire Alliance Spacesystems – Located in the SS&TP, SolAero, one of the world’s leading providers of space solar power solutions, recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Alliance Spacesystems, LLC (Alliance), a leading provider of high-performance composite structures for spacecraft applications. The combination of SolAero and Alliance creates a vertically-integrated satellite subsystem provider capable of offering its satellite OEM customers improved value across a spectrum of missioncritical products and technical solutions. The combined company will expand SolAero’s employee base from 280 to 400. Alliance and its employees will remain at their current location in California where the company will continue operating as a subsidiary of SolAero with revenue of over $100 million from commercial and government customers worldwide. Innovative Reasoning Moves to the Park – Innovative Reasoning (IR) is a government support company specializing in logistics, training, human performance, acquisitions, and procurement. The company is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business delivering support to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and other commercial partners. The company chose to move into the SS&TP due to its proximity to other high-tech companies and affiliation with nearby research institutions. U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Visits the Park – Sandia National Laboratories, along with the City of Albuquerque, recently hosted Javier Saade, Associate Administrator at the Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration. Sandia invited Applied Technologies Associates (ATA), Aquila, and Armed Response Team to share their experience with Sandia. ATA, a longtime SS&TP company, discussed how they are utilizing multiple Sandia Partnership programs to help their business grow. Sandia VP and CTO Rob Leland expressed Sandia’s strong support of small businesses and economic development in the state. Center for Collaboration & Commercialization News: Microlab Technology Commercialization Act of 2015 – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Microlab Technology Commercialization Act, a bill to accelerate technology transfer by establishing off-campus microlabs that would serve as the “front-door” to national laboratories. The microlabs would give academia, local government, businesses owners, and communities direct access to equipment, facilities, and personnel of national laboratories. Senator Heinrich cited C3 in a news release as an example of an outside-the-fence center where industry collaborators can partner with the labs to commercialize technology for the private market.