A Mission of Firsts: Saalex Supports Successful Mars 2020 Launch

ELVIS 3 Team Supports Perseverance Rover in Search for Life on the Red Planet

Camarillo, CA and Rockledge, FL (July 30, 2020) – Saalex Solutions joins the search for extraterrestrial life in our solar system with today’s successful launch of the Mars 2020 spacecraft and its historic payload, the Perseverance Martian rover. Saalex’s Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 3 (ELVIS 3) team assisted the mission, providing engineering and technical integration as well as launch site and Perseverance rover preparation.


The Atlas V-541 rocket lifted off from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 4:50 a.m. PDT / 7:50 a.m. EDT. One of the largest rockets used for interplanetary spaceflight, the Atlas V propels Mars 2020 on a nearly seven-month-long journey to the red planet. The spacecraft is expected to reach Mars on February 18, 2021 where it will deploy the Perseverance Rover. Once it reaches the planet’s surface, the rover will begin its study of Martian geology, search for organic compounds, and explore the possibility of generating oxygen from atmospheric carbon dioxide, all critical pieces to the puzzle of whether the planet once supported life and if it could again.


“It’s humbling to be playing an active role in a mission that could answer one of science’s most enduring questions, whether there is other life on other planets,” said Saalex President and CEO Travis Mack. “I continue to be proud of the amazing work our ELVIS 3 team is doing to support these historic endeavors. Both Mars 2020 and the Crew Dragon Demo-2 launch in May demonstrate how Saalex is leading the way to support NASA’s most important and groundbreaking work. We’re honored to be part of the elite team of private and public entities that help make these incredibly complex undertakings a success.”


Saalex’s ELVIS 3 team joined the Mars 2020 mission in 2016 as part of NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) and the program’s contract with United Launch Alliance. In the lead-up to the launch, the ELVIS 3 team developed launch site support procession requirements and prepped the launch site for the arrival of Perseverance at the Kennedy Space Center.


“We’re providing engineering technical integration and mission integration coordination services as an integral part of the Mars 2020 Mission Integration Team and Atlas V launch vehicle team,” explained Kathleen Wilcox, ELVIS 3 Program Manager.


The ELVIS 3 team assisted the Mars 2020 spacecraft launch team by conducting simulations and dress rehearsals. Today, the Saalex team supported the LSP Launch Director, LSP Chief Engineer and engineering launch team on console from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The LSP team comprises 19 Saalex employees who take part in every LSP mission.


The Perseverance rover’s design is based on the earlier Curiosity rover, which is currently exploring the Martian surface. Perseverance is equipped with 23 cameras, two audio mics, and seven scientific instruments, many of which are specifically designed to detect faint traces of ancient life on the surface of Mars. The rover will also be testing new technologies that may be required for astronauts to someday explore Mars and return to Earth.


Nearly eight years and $2.5 billion in the making, the Mars 2020 mission represents several firsts for NASA, including being the first round-trip mission to the planet. Perseverance will be the heaviest vehicle to land on Mars, and for the first time the mission is looking for actual evidence of life rather than just the conditions needed to support it.


“This mission is very cool because it builds on other Mars Exploration Program missions the ELVIS 3 team has supported over the years, the most recent being Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) launched in November 2011,” Wilcox said. “The Mars 2020 spacecraft will also include a helicopter called Ingenuity as a technology demonstration as well as to be used to scout future driving routes. It’s a very exciting time to be a part of NASA's Launch Services Program.”

Saalex’s ELVIS 3 Team Supports Historic Crew Dragon Demo-2 Launch

First Commercial Mission to Carry Humans into Orbit Returns Crewed Launches to U.S.

Camarillo, CA and Rockledge, FL (June 3, 2020) — Saalex Corp. played a key role supporting the historic launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2, helping to usher in a new era of commercial space flight. Saalex’s Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 3 (ELVIS 3) team provided programmatic, engineering and technical support leading up to and during the launch on May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The Crew Dragon is the first commercially built and operated U.S. spacecraft to take humans into orbit.

The Crew Dragon Demo-2 module Endeavor carried NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station, successfully docking with the station’s Harmony module on Sunday, May 31. The mission not only represents a watershed moment for commercial space flight, it is the first crewed orbital launch from the U.S. since the final Space Shuttle mission in 2011.

Originally slated for May 27, the launch had to be delayed due to weather concerns related to Tropical Storm Bertha. More than 150,000 gathered on Florida’s Space Coast Saturday to watch the lift off, including U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

In the run-up to the launch, NASA touted the mission’s significance: “NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) will return human spaceflight launches to U.S. soil, providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective access to low-Earth orbit and the space station on systems that meet safety and performance requirements.”

Following the launch, Saalex President and CEO Travis Mack thanked the ELVIS 3 team for their hard work and dedication in support of the CCP mission. “First and foremost, I have to express my sincere gratitude to our Saalex ELVIS 3 team,” Mr. Mack said. “They have been and continue to be extremely important to our growth within NASA-supported missions and they are an extremely important part of Saalex as a whole. As we continue to grow our brand with NASA, we are establishing our credentials as a viable industry player for upcoming NASA support. It’s a select group of organizations that have the honor of supporting NASA and we are fortunate enough as a company to be part of that.”

“I’m extremely proud and honored to be supporting an event that is historic both from a national perspective and from what it will represent to larger history of our exploration of space,” Mr. Mack continued. “This moment will never happen again. There will never be another first commercial space launch to put astronauts into orbit. I feel an extreme sense of honor and pride be here at this moment and that we get to play some role in it. It’s almost overwhelming.”

Saalex’s ELVIS 3 team provided critical program and technical integration services to CCP in support of certification of flight readiness. In prepping for the launch, the ELVIS 3 team also supported the CCP Chief Engineer and the engineering launch team. Saalex personnel provided critical engineering technical integration support to the CCP Chief Engineer and the launch team on console the day of the launch from KSC.

“We’re honored to support NASA’s Commercial Crew Program,” said Saalex ELVIS 3 Program Manager Kathleen Wilcox. “The work they’re doing to get our nation back to launching American astronauts from American soil on American rockets is nothing short of incredible. Our ELVIS 3 CCP team continues to amaze me!”

“I think it is a tremendous accomplishment for SpaceX, the space program, NASA and the country,” said Saalex Corp. Director of Program Operations, Robert Bezduch. “I am just happy that Saalex was part of this effort.”

The successful Crew Dragon launch validates several new technologies for human spaceflight, illustrated by the autonomous return of the Falcon 9’s first-stage booster, which landed on the drone barge Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after launch. Bezduch said the excitement generated by the launch and these new technologies harkens back to a time before space missions seemed routine.

“I remember when I was a kid, when something like this happened everything would stop,” Bezduch said. “We were all in awe. At school, we would have the TV on in classrooms to watch the launch. We’ve gotten away from that.”

“This kind of mission shows what we are capable of as a country,” Bezduch continued. “Having Saalex be a part of ELVIS 3 at this time in the history of the space program is a tremendous honor and opportunity. Any time an organization is involved in a historic event such as this, it can catapult them into the future to do this on an even larger scale. It’s an amazing field to be in and Saalex is ready for the next challenge, whether supporting another contract or as a prime contractor.”

Saalex is currently teaming with a.i. solutions on the ELVIS 3 contract, providing integrated services in preparation and launch of NASA's next generation of scientific and exploration spacecraft for the agency’s Launch Services Program (LSP) and Commercial Crew Program (CCP). The ELVIS 3 team supports launches at KSC in Florida, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and other NASA launch sites.

Saalex Information Technology acquires Valeo Networks, expands cloud, cybersecurity, and MSSP footprint in Southwest region

Camarillo, CA, Rockledge, FL and Scottsdale, AZ (April 23, 2020) – Saalex Information Technology (SaalexIT), a division of Saalex Corporation and an industry-leading Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) since 2010, today announced the acquisition of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Managed Service Provider Valeo Networks. Financial terms are not being released.

The acquisition will combine two well-reputed Managed Service Providers (MSPs) in SaalexIT’s Southwest region (California, Arizona and New Mexico, among other states) and enable SaalexIT to scale by leveraging the automation expertise and engineering resources that Valeo Networks brings to the table. The Valeo Networks brand will continue to operate as a DBA SaalexIT Company and maintain its Scottsdale, AZ headquarters.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary recently, SaalexIT is an employee-owned company. As an experienced player in the managed services industry, the company has been nationally recognized by CRN® as one of the top 500 Managed Service Providers in North America and locally recognized on several occasions by Pacific Coast Business Times as a Top IT & Tech Service Provider.

“We are extremely excited to complete the acquisition of Valeo Networks – a thriving, innovative business that expands our collective footprint to three Southwestern states,” said Travis Mack, President and CEO of Saalex Corporation. “The acquisition of Valeo Networks will further enhance our nationwide capabilities and strengthen our skill sets in the areas of cloud services, cybersecurity, engineering, network securities, and managed IT services.”

“We’re very excited to be a part of the Saalex IT Team, and share our expertise in automation and engineering, to create a formidable regional MSP, and expand our customer and brand footprint,” said Matthew Hodson, CEO of Valeo Networks. “We think that by combining our teams we can greatly enhance our ability to scale and grow into a top-tier MSP in the Southwest.”

Saalex Information Technology Acquires Arctic MSP, Expanding National MSSP Footprint in Western Region

Camarillo, CA, Rockledge, FL and Eugene, OR (May 20, 2020)Saalex Information Technology (SaalexIT), a division of Saalex Corporation and an industry-leading Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) since 2010, today announced the acquisition of Eugene, Oregon-based Managed Service Provider Arctic MSP. Financial terms are not being released.

The acquisition brings into the SaalexIT team another respected Managed Service Provider (MSP) in the Western U.S., enabling SaalexIT to scale by leveraging the cybersecurity, cloud, and compliance resources that Arctic MSP brings to the table. The Arctic MSP brand will continue to operate as a DBA SaalexIT Company and maintain its Eugene, OR, headquarters. The Arctic MSP acquisition comes one month after SaalexIT’s acquisition of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Valeo Networks, launching SaalexIT’s revenue volume into the top 10% of MSSPs nationwide.

“We continue to execute on our national strategy and working with great companies like Arctic MSP will help us achieve that goal,” said Travis Mack, President and CEO, Saalex Corporation. “This acquisition grows and further enhances our capabilities in the areas of cybersecurity, cloud, network security, and compliance service offerings. With the acquisition of Arctic MSP, SaalexIT will be firmly rooted in the top 10% of MSSPs nationwide.”

“One of the things I am looking forward to with Arctic joining Saalex is the ability to expand regionally beyond where we are now,” said Dan Herman, CEO, Arctic MSP. “With Saalex’s financial and technical backing, Arctic will become an even stronger IT service provider and be better able to provide top quality IT services and security for our clients.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary recently, SaalexIT is an employee-owned company. As an experienced player in the managed services industry, the company has been nationally recognized by CRN® as a top 500 Managed Service Provider in North America and locally recognized by Pacific Coast Business Times as a Top IT & Tech Service Provider.

SaalexIT Named to CRN’s 2020 MSP 500 List

Camarillo, CA and Rockledge, FL (March 4, 2020) – Saalex Information Technology (SaalexIT), a division of Saalex Corporation, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company has named SaalexIT to its 2020 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. This popular list identifies North American solution providers that deliver operational efficiencies, IT system improvements, and a higher rate of return on investments for their customers. These accomplished MSPs work tirelessly to guide their customers and create solutions for complex IT issues.

This annual list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250, who are focused primarily on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, large data center-focused on- and off-premises; and the Managed Security 100, which is made up of off-premises-focused, cloud-based IT security services.

SaalexIT is a leading, full-service IT solutions and services provider that delivers best-in-class, 24/7 managed IT services and solutions for small to medium businesses (SMB), giving them a peace of mind in knowing that their most critical asset—their data—is protected by the best in the business. With more than 20 years of industry expertise, SaalexIT offers support for network infrastructure, 24/7 help desk, security incident and event management (SIEM), security operations center (SOC), endpoint detection and response (EDR), advanced cybersecurity, internet, VoIP, cloud, disaster recovery, and much more. SaalexIT services the Department of Defense, as well as a wide variety of businesses across the U.S.

“MSPs are the critical bridge for customers looking to assess, implement and migrate their IT and cloud solutions to drive efficiencies, lower costs and secure your environment,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “On behalf of our team at The Channel Company, I want to congratulate the accomplished companies on CRN’s 2020 MSP 500 list and thank them for their commitment to finding innovative solutions that move the IT channel forward.”

“We are honored to be recognized by The Channel Company in the Pioneer 250 MSP Category,” said Michael Flavin, SaalexIT’s Director of Technology Sales. “This is a significant milestone for our team as we continue to grow, and I think it recognizes the tremendous investments and work we have done through best-of-class technology partners, implementation of next-gen cybersecurity tools and our focus on leveraging the cloud. We are highly grateful for the recognition by The Channel Company.”

The MSP500 list is featured in the February 2020 issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/msp500.