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PeopleTec and Calhoun Partner on $18M Army Space and Missile Defense Command Contract

Decatur, AL – Calhoun Community College, in partnership with Huntsville-based PeopleTec, has been awarded a five-year, $18.8M contract from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command to fund the Adaptive Robotics Technology for Space, Air and Missiles (ART-SAM) program.  Funding for the project’s first year will be $2,717,990.

According to Calhoun and PeopleTec officials, the program will be developed in the recently opened Alabama Robotics Technology Park Phase II facility, adjacent to 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.”

PeopleTec, a woman-owned small business, provides engineering, programmatic, modeling and simulation, and IT solutions to Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency and commercial customers.

“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 park’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.

When complete, the park will include three training facilities each targeted to a specific industry need.