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AirShip Technologies Group

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Jobs related to AirShip's participation in the RFP submittal for Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Services

April 9, 2015 AirShip has joined the ASTRO Systems team responding to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Special Operations Forces. Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (SOF AT&L) is conducting a full and open competition IAW the requirements stated in FAR Part 15, procurement of worldwide Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft System(s) III (MEUAS III) Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Services. The Government intends to award one or more IDIQ contracts as a result of this solicitation. However, the Government reserves the right to award one or more or no contracts based upon the results of the proposal evaluations. The contract(s) will include a 54-month Period of Performance (POP), with four 12-month ordering periods followed by one 6-month ordering period. At time of contract award, a task order(s) will be issued for each contract awarded. The new requirement is being solicited under NAICS 541330 with a Small Business Size Standard of $15.0 Million and has a projected award date of 15 November 2015. The new (AirShip V7M with 75 pound payload shown in the AirShip News! was included in the RFP submitted proposal.

Position: UAS Program Manager

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UAS Program Manager 1 Mid-Endurance Unmaned Aerial System (MEUAS) II Operations


Contact: Richard G. Lescalleet, MBA, Vice President Sales & Marketing

ASTRO Systems, Inc. 7979 Old Georgetown Rd., Ste. 650, Bethesda, MD 20814

(301) 913-2800 [email protected] www.astrosys.com ASTRO Systems


Position: UAS Site Lead

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UAS Site Lead 4 The Contractor's designated Site Lead is responsible for the contractor personnel and equipment to accomplish the mission as directed by the COR. All contractor team concerns and issues associated with the deployed location MEUAS II operations are within the Site Lead's administrative oversight. The UAS Site Lead will maintain a close daily working relationship with the Government Site Representative (GSR). The contractor UAS Site Lead and GSR are expected to work together to resolve deployment site operations issues in a timely and professional manner.


Contact: Richard G. Lescalleet, MBA, Vice President Sales& Marketing

ASTRO Systems, Inc. 7979 Old Georgetown Rd., Ste. 650, Bethesda, MD 20814

(301) 913-2800 [email protected] www.astrosys.com ASTRO Systems


Position: UAS Mission Coordinator

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UAS Mission Coordinator 12+ The Mission Coordinator (MC) is responsible for oversight of all flight activities at the deployment site location. The MC will examine all relevant mission factors and environmental conditions prior to issuing a go/no-go decision for each UAS mission. The Contractor shall ensure 24/7 manning of the position of MC. The Contractor Site Lead and MCs shall have the authority to act on behalf of the contractor in all matters relating to the performance of this contract. The MCs shall perform the following duties and responsibilities at each site:

  1. Mission pre-briefings (mission packet completions)
  2. Reviewing weather forecasts/Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS)/ Special Instructions (SPINS)/airspace availability
  3. Reviewing/updating local Air Traffic Control (ATC) cards as necessary Complete airspace control planning and mission logs
  4. Ensuring completion of mission briefing worksheet, mission risk assessments, and crew briefings
  5. Prior to launch (approximately 30 minutes prior) ensure airspace requests and coordination with local ATC are accomplished
  6. Coordinate/inform launch crews on any updates to mission/equipment status
  7. Monitor missions and events system status/video quality/supporting customers’ requirements, airspace, actual weather conditions and forecast weather updates, all available communications methods to include computer networks and Microsoft (MS) Outlook e-mail accounts
  8. Prior to recovery -assess actual weather and airfield traffic conditions
  9. Inform local ATC when Returning To Base (RTB) and provide estimated arrival time
  10. After recovery -inform local ATC with Safe on Deck (SOD) or similar call
  11. Note landing time on mission log with system maintenance status
  12. Save log data
  13. Print mission logs if last flight of the day
  14. Ensure mission reports are completed as required: Situation Report/Personnel Status/Maintenance Status (SITREP/PERSTAT/MAINT)
  15. Provide overall general mission direction, monitoring, and coordination between the operation's and the supported unit's representatives.
  16. Ensure all airspace (terminal, enroute, and target) has been approved by local ATC for the AV to operate.
  17. Continuously maintain listening/visual watch of airspace status via radio (local ATC) and/or computer networks to ensure the AV is located in authorized airspace.
  18. Keep a running log of mission events.
  19. Monitor hours of collection flown, any safety problems, responses to special requests, supply status, personnel status, etc.
  20. Liaise directly with the user activity to ensure the AV operation supports its needs and intent.
  21. Communicate with the ISR battle captain to ensure the ISR synch matrix is updated, ISR mission weather forecast is updated, and PERSTAT reports are accurate/updated. Prepare other reports as required.
  22. Keep the GSR informed of overall general status and any problems/issues which may affect mission accomplishment.
  23. Ensure the battle book(s) (one at user's operations center, one separate at launch/recovery site) have current list of points of contact, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, etc. Update NOTAM information daily.
  24. Be the key point of contact during UAS emergencies. Allow the operators to respond as they are trained, advise the chain of command of problems when they occur, and respond to the situation as required. Keep local ATC and Multiple Internet Relay Chat (mIRC) participants informed (nature of emergency navigation problems, engine issues, lost link, etc.). Be prepared to provide written/oral reports of events and what happened. Utilize and maintain a continuity training plan for newly assigned team members.

Contact: Richard G. Lescalleet, MBA, Vice President Sales& Marketing

ASTRO Systems, Inc. 7979 Old Georgetown Rd., Ste. 650, Bethesda, MD 20814

(301) 913-2800 [email protected] www.astrosys.com ASTRO Systems


Position: UAS System Operator

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UAS System Operator 26+ The Contractor shall staff each operational deployment with a team sufficient to provide system equipment maintenance and air vehicle (AV) operator functions. The deployment team shall be cross-trained as mission coordinators, system operators, and maintainers. System maintenance functions shall include servicing, repairs, preventive maintenance, and inspection actions, plus communications and computer system operations and maintenance. UAS operator functions shall include mission coordination, flight planning, and control; managing AV airborne operations, to include airspace deconfliction; controlling / managing airborne sensor operations; and the injection and transmission of the full motion video (FMV) product into the end-users system.

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