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ManTech’s NeXolve Subsidiary Honored for Work on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Program

Dépèche transmise le 6 octobre 2011 par Business Wire

FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ManTech International Corporation (NASDAQ:MANT) announced today that its NeXolve subsidiary was honored by prime contractor Northrop Grumman and NASA for its significant contributions to the development of NASA’s JWST. The award was presented on the occasion of test commencement for the full-size sunshield layers at ManTech’s NeXolve facility in Huntsville, Ala.

“The completion of the assembly and the start of shape testing for the first flight-like sunshield layer is the culmination of over five years of work for our ManTech engineering team”

The month-long testing uses flight-like material for the JWST sunshield, test frame and hardware attachments. As big as a tennis court, the test sunshield layer is made of Kapton®*, a very thin high performance plastic with a reflective metallic coating.

“The completion of the assembly and the start of shape testing for the first flight-like sunshield layer is the culmination of over five years of work for our ManTech engineering team,” said Greg Laue, ManTech’s sunshield program manager. “Over this period we have developed a significant number of innovative design, modeling and manufacturing technologies for the sunshield. Some of these include computer modeling and design of the curved 3-D shape of the sunshield as well as manufacturing technologies.”

ManTech’s engineering team will measure the membrane shape to verify dimensional requirements are met. The test will be done on all five layers of the sunshield to give engineers a very precise idea of how the entire sunshield will behave once in orbit.

“Testing the full-size sunshield is a critical next step in demonstrating performance of the sunshield membrane and a significant milestone for our ManTech engineering team. ManTech is very pleased to be such a critical part of the JWST team,” said Louis Addeo, president and chief operating officer of ManTech’s Technical Services Group.

After all five layers of the full-size sunshield complete the test and model analysis, they will be sent to Northrop Grumman’s high bay in Redondo Beach, Calif., for testing on how the sunshield deploys from its folded in the launch vehicle.

Successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope is the world’s next-generation space observatory. It will be the most powerful space telescope ever built. Webb will observe the most distant objects in the universe, provide images of the very first galaxies ever formed and study planets around distant stars. The Webb Telescope is a joint project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency. For more information about the James Webb Space Telescope, visit: www.jwst.nasa.gov

About ManTech International Corporation

ManTech is a leading provider of innovative technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs for the intelligence community; NASA; the departments of Defense, State, Homeland Security, Energy, and Justice including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and other U.S. federal government customers. We provide support to critical national security programs for approximately 60 federal agencies through 1,000 current contracts. ManTech’s expertise includes command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) lifecycle support, cyber security, global logistics support, intelligence/counter-intelligence support, information technology modernization and sustainment, systems engineering, and test and evaluation. ManTech supports major national missions such as military readiness, terrorist threat detection, information security, and border protection. Additional information on ManTech can be found at www.mantech.com

Forward-Looking Information

Statements and assumptions made in this press release, which do not address historical facts, constitute “forward-looking” statements that ManTech believes to be within the definition in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of our control. These forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results and outcomes may differ materially from the results and outcomes we anticipate. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those we anticipate, include, but are not limited to, adverse changes in future levels of expenditures for programs we support caused by budgetary pressures facing the federal government; the failure to obtain option awards or funding under the contract; the failure to maintain strong relationships with other contractors; risk of contract performance, modification or termination; and risks associated with complex U.S. government procurement laws and regulations. These and other risk factors are more fully discussed in the section entitled “Risks Factors” in ManTech’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Feb. 25, 2011, and from time to time in ManTech’s other filings. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are only made as of the date of this press release, and ManTech undertakes no obligation to publicly update any of the forward-looking statements made herein, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or circumstances, changes in expectations or otherwise.

*Kapton® is a registered trademark of the E. I. Du Pont De Nemours And Company Corporation

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