Representatives from Metis Technology Solutions (Metis), Peraton Inc., NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) met virtually on July 19, 2022 to kick off a Mentor Protégé Agreement (MPA) between Metis and Peraton. NASA sponsors the Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) to encourage large businesses to help small businesses mature in business systems and processes, leading to an increase in the number of small businesses participating on NASA contracts. As part of their winning Space Exploration Network Services and Evolution (SENSE) contract proposal submitted in 2019, Peraton committed to assisting Metis to grow as a small business, which the MPA helps facilitate. During the duration of the 12-month MPA, Peraton will mentor Metis in areas that include Ground Systems Programs, support of Department of Defense programs, Intellectual Property management, patent processes, maturing cybertechnology capability, and commercialization of Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) technology.
“We are excited to continue growing our relationship with Peraton and are excited to see what the next 12 months bring,” said Brian Eslinger, Vice President of Space Programs at Metis. “The relationship between Metis and Peraton has always been mutually beneficial for all parties involved. Establishing the MPA through NASA will continue to strengthen our existing ties.”
Metis is currently a significant subcontractor to Peraton on both the SENSE contract at Wallops Flight Facility and White Sands Test Facility, as well as the Deep Space Network (DSN) contract at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). On the SENSE and DSN contracts, Metis and Peraton contribute to some of the highest profile NASA projects presently in operation, including the Artemis Moon missions, the James Webb Space Telescope, and the Lucy Mission.