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Aerospace Systems Knowledge (ASK)

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
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Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Aerospace Systems Knowledge (ASK)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-07-M-4524
Award Amount: $100,000.00


The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has a large number of employees that are close to retirement. With their departure a great deal of expertise, wisdom, and institutional knowledge will be leaving the workforce. This loss could lead to inefficiency and higher costs in engineering the future of national-security space. A method of capturing and transferring this experience and knowledge to junior employees would reduce the impact of the departure of the experienced employees. ASK, the envisioned product of this SBIR, is a unique tool that will accelerate the training of junior employees by facilitating the transfer of knowledge from experienced employees even years after their retirement. The core of the tool is a knowledge framework based on topic areas within the aerospace systems design process that are known to affect productivity. Two interfaces will touch the knowledge framework: a knowledge capture interface and a knowledge transfer interface. The knowledge capture interface will systematically elicit the experiences and lessons of the retiring workforce. The knowledge transfer interface will allow the junior employee to access these lessons when in need of guidance or training.

Principal Investigator:

Enio Velazco
Dir. Organizational Effectiveness

Business Contact:

Margaret J. Clancy
Chief Financial Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

12 Gill Street, Suite 1400 Woburn, MA 01801

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No