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Sporian Microsystems Shares NASA Group Achievement Award

Evan Pilant, Dr. Kevin Harsh and Dr. Michael Usrey of Sporian Microsystems, Inc. were cited as members of the Vehicle Integrated Propulsion Research (VIPR) team that received a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Group Achievement Award. This prestigious NASA certificate is awarded to any combination of Government and/or non-Government individuals for an outstanding group accomplishment that contributed substantially to NASA's mission. The VIPR program has three primary objectives: incorporate smart sensors designed to improve flying safety and reduce costs, detect potential engine faults and evaluate advances in engine diagnostics.

The VIPR team includes multiple Government agencies, multiple NASA centers, all major US airplane and jet engine manufacturers and select organizations involved in advanced sensor development. VIPR testing was performed on a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster equipped with F117 engines at NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center In the summer of 2015. The award specifically recognizes "exceptional performance while conducting extremely complicated wing tests in a sophisticated and professional manner with all partners working to achieve technical success."

The distinctions were bestowed during the 2016 NASA Agency Honor and Center Awards Ceremony on August 31, 2016. Dr. Janet Kavandi, Director of the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center (GRC), presided over the ceremony. Dr. John Lekki, NASA GRC VIPR Principal Investigator, accepted the award on behalf of the team.

"It is an honor to be recognized alongside NASA researchers and companies like Boeing and Pratt & Whitney," said Dr. Michael Usrey of Sporian. "We are fortunate to have assembled such a strong team."

Sporian Microsystems, Inc. develops sensors, insulation, coatings and packaging for chemically harsh, high-temperature and high-pressure environments.

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* NASA Glenn Research Center (216) 977-7476 [Maureen T. Kudlac]
* Sporian Microsystems, Inc. (303) 516-9075 [Mike Usrey]

Credits: NASA Photo / Tony Landis

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