Huntsville/Decatur, Alabama – Calhoun Community College, in partnership with PeopleTec, Inc., today announced the award of a 5-year, $18,833,652 grant 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. From the total award, for the project’s first year, PeopleTec will receive a $2,717,990 subcontract from Calhoun.
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.”
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