Swales Aerospace, a full-service provider of engineering services,
satellites and associated flight hardware, today announced that it has
been awarded a contract to provide research, development and
engineering support services to NASA’s Langley Research Center in
Hampton, Va.

Under the terms of the contract, Swales will provide support to
Langley’s aeronautic and aerospace research programs, Earth and space
science programs, and engineering activities. Specific project areas
include full-spectrum aerodynamics, gas dynamics, fluid dynamics,
aerothermodynamics, acoustics and aeroacoustics, metallic and
non-metallic structures and materials, and space and airborne systems.

As the prime contractor, Swales will lead a team of subcontractors
that includes Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda, Md.; Analytical
Mechanics Associates, Inc. of Hampton, Va.; and ViGYAN, Inc. of
Hampton, Va.

The contract–which is valued at a maximum of $240 million over
five years–was awarded to Swales following an open competition among
small businesses. Work is expected to begin in January, 2001 and will
be performed on-site at Langley.

“This contract is an important strategic win that demonstrates the
comprehensive engineering capabilities of our company and team,” said
Tom Wilson, senior vice president at Swales Aerospace. “We are very
proud to expand upon our long-term partnership with NASA,” he added.

Established in 1917 as the first national civil aeronautics
laboratory, Langley is a world class center for aeronautics, earth
science, space technology, and structures and materials research.
Seventy percent of Langley’s effort is in aeronautics research,
working to improve today’s aircraft and to develop concepts for future

The center supports the nation’s space programs by conducting a
dynamic program in atmospheric sciences, seeking a more detailed
understanding of the Earth’s atmosphere. Langley researchers are also
developing technology for advanced space transportation systems and
for small spacecraft instruments.

Founded in 1978, Swales Aerospace provides state-of-the-art
engineering solutions as well as a broad range of structural and
thermal management systems for the global satellite industry. Swales’
end-to-end mission capabilities include spacecraft and instrument
design and analysis, fabrication, integration and test, ground control
and data collection.

Based in Beltsville, Md., Swales employs more that 700 aerospace
professionals and had 1999 revenues exceeding $90 million. A member of
the Maryland World Class Manufacturing Consortium, Swales can be
located on the World Wide Web at www.swales.com.