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KBR secures top NASA awards supporting small business partnerships

Stephen Kuper

KBR has been awarded a number of prestigious NASA awards for its work with the agency’s small business programs in 2019. KBR received the Mentor-Protégé Agreement of the Year for the Agency-level NASA Small Business Industry Awards.

KBR secures top NASA awards supporting small business partnerships
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NASA also honoured KBR as the Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year for the Centre-level NASA Small Business Industry Awards.

Nominated by Johnson Space Center (JSC), KBR received the award for its mentorship of JES Tech, a woman-owned small business. As part of its three-year agreement, KBR provides JES Tech with guidance in occupational medicine and health, environmental laboratory services, quality management, job architecture, business development and other areas.

Byron Bright, president of KBR Government Solutions US welcomed the recognition by NASA, saying, "KBR values its small business partners and recognises our combined efforts will forge the future of space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research."

At JSC, KBR also supports spaceflight operations development, preparation and execution; mission systems support; and human spaceflight activities. KBR experts staff flight discipline consoles in the Mission Control Centre and assist with a broad spectrum of operations for NASA’s current human spaceflight program.

"Pioneering space is a collaborative effort. KBR works with high-performing small businesses to reach for the stars and beyond," said Bright.

KBR received the Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year award at Ames Research Centre (ARC) for its overall contract performance, participation in NASA-related outreach events, sound small business practices and use of small business contractors.

KBR’s services at ARC include scientific research, technology and application development and program management solutions.

NASA’s associate administrator of the Office of Small Business Programs Glenn Delgado said recently, "This year’s winners are dynamic individuals and companies that provide unparalleled support to the agency, and thankfully they are the tip of the iceberg."

Last year, NASA also recognised KBR for its work with the small business community. KBR won the 2018 Mentor-Protégé Agreement of the Year at the agency-level, and the Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year at the centre-level at both JSC and Goddard Space Flight Centre.

"The small business community is overflowing with exceptional companies that are reaching new heights with creativity and innovation," Delgado added.

KBR has provided mission-critical space support services to NASA and other customers for more than 60 years. It currently operates at 11 NASA centres and facilities and is one of the world’s largest human spaceflight support organisations. Known for excelling in complex and extreme environments, KBR provides engineering solutions for the needs of today and tomorrow, safely and efficiently.

KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and technologies across the asset and program life cycle within the government solutions and energy sectors. KBR employs approximately 37,000 people worldwide (including joint ventures), with customers in more than 80 countries, and operations in 40 countries, across three synergistic global businesses.

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