Huntsville/Decatur, Alabama – Calhoun Community College, in partnership with PeopleTec, Inc., today announced the awarding of a 5-year, $18,833,652 contract from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC) to fund the Adaptive Robotics Technology for Space, Air and Missiles (ART-SAM) program. Team funding for the project’s first year will be awarded in the amount of $2,717,990.
According to Calhoun and PeopleTEC, Inc. officials, ART-SAM will be executed in the recently opened Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) Phase II facility, located adjacent to the Calhoun’s Decatur campus. “This program represents a unique collaboration among government, academia, and industry to promote a robotics and unmanned systems testbed environment that will offer cutting-edge robotics enhancements in support of the Nation’s warfighters,” commented Calhoun President Marilyn Beck. “We are excited about this partnership with PeopleTec and are also pleased to announce today that the company will be the very first tenant to move into Phase II of the RTP,” Beck added.
“The ART-SAM program is a significant opportunity to provide mission critical support to enhance our Nation’s unmanned aerial and ground-based robotics technology capabilities,” said PeopleTec President Doug Scalf. “PeopleTec is excited to be partnering with Calhoun on this venture, and we look forward to supporting SMDC and its customers through this innovative collaboration.”
The RTP's second phase is a 35,000-square-foot, $8.3 million building featuring a test facility for companies currently in the robotics manufacturing industry. The building will be used for the research, development and testing of leading edge robotics used for military projects, space exploration, and other applications. The structure will have appropriate infrastructure to support these activities with substantial outdoor areas for testing in a variety of environments.
In June 2008, former Alabama Governor Bob Riley announced the selection of Calhoun's Decatur campus as the site for the state's new Robotics Technology Park (RTP). When complete, the RTP will consist of three individual training facilities each targeted to a specific industry need.
About Calhoun Community College
With over 12,300 students at campuses in Decatur and Huntsville, Alabama (the College’s Huntsville/Cummings Research Park campus makes Calhoun the only two-year college in the nation located in a major research park), Calhoun Community College is the largest of the two-year institutions comprising The Alabama Community College System. Offering 49 associate degree programs and 52 career/certificate programs, the College exemplifies the two-year college mission of commitment to excellence in teaching and service and is the region’s leader in education and workforce development.
About PeopleTec, Inc.
PeopleTec, Inc. is a growth-oriented, woman-owned small business founded in Huntsville, AL in 2005. PeopleTec provides a broad spectrum of services including engineering, programmatic, modeling and simulation, and IT solutions to a variety of Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency and commercial customers. PeopleTec’s founding principles are to provide exceptional customer support by employing and retaining a highly-skilled workforce, applying innovative business processes, and meeting or exceeding customers’ expectations through flawless program execution.