DoD Space Services Division

Headquarters for the DoD Space Services Division (DSSD) is in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In April 2007, ATA Aerospace’s DSSD won the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate’s (AFRL/RV) Space Technology Research Analysis Integration and Test (STRAIT) contract. In July 2012, the DSSD successfully won, and is currently executing on the AFRL/RV Space Technology Research and Integrated Vehicle Experiments (STRIVE) contract, which is the follow-on to the STRAIT contract.

Through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the AFRL/RV, ATA Aerospace’s DSSD performed the high-altitude balloon engineering, integration, logistics, test, launch and recovery services for the record-breaking Red Bull Stratos Mission to the Edge of Space . For the 2012 mission, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner ascended to over 128,000 feet in a high-altitude balloon and became the first man to break the speed of sound in freefall. The mission was a success setting multiple world-records including, fastest maximum vertical speed (without drogue), highest exit (jump) altitude, longest distance of freefall (without drogue), largest balloon ever flown with a human aboard, and highest manned balloon ascent.

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