APT has been supporting the Huntsville Green Team’s Adopt-A-Mile program since 2013. Thanks to all the employees who came out to support our recent effort to keep Huntsville a beautiful place to live and work.

Software System Safety Training at the 9th IAASS Conference

APT will be hosting a Software System Safety Training Class in conjunction with the 9th IAASS Conference. The 9th IAASS Conference, “Know Safety, No Pain,” is October 18-20 in Toulouse, France. The conference is the premiere international forum dedicated to the discussion of a wide variety of space safety topics.

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Model Based Systems Engineering & Software System Safety Workshop

The Model Based Systems Engineering & Software System Safety Workshop was held at APT’s Safety Engineering and Analysis Center on 2-3 May 2017. The objectives of the workshop were to understand model based concepts on modern complex programs, ensure MBSE, MBSwEng, & software/system safety integration needs are addressed, and collaborate on model based development and software system safety policies and best practices for complex and critical systems. Thank you to all of our presenters and attendees!

Workshop Presentations


Dr. Fayssal M. Safie Joins APT

A-P-T Research, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Fayssal M. Safie to APT’s Safety Engineering and Analysis Center (SEAC) in Huntsville, AL.  Dr. Safie will serve as the Principal Technical Engineer for Reliability and Safety.  Dr. Safie recently retired from a successful career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a prestigious Technical Fellow for the space agency.  He culminated his NASA career at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) as a senior technical lead engineer.  He has authored and published numerous technical papers on reliability and maintainability engineering enriched by his expansive space launch vehicle experience and lessons learned during his storied career.

Keynote Speaker for The 14th Workshop on Critical Software Systems

APT employee, Leslie Alford, has been invited to be the keynote speaker for The 14th Workshop on Critical Software Systems (14thWOCS2), December 12-13, 2016, in Tokyo, Japan. The purpose of the workshop is to accelerate progress of the techniques concerning the critical software and systems by providing engineers and researchers with an opportunity to exchange information between industry and academia, as well as to share ideas among the different application fields in Japan. For more information about the workshop, please visit

APT Attends the 8th IAASS Conference

APT employees attend the Gala Dinner
held at Kennedy Space Center.

Several A-P-T Research, Inc., employees recently attended the 8th International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS) Conference in Melbourne, FL. The theme of the 8th IAASS Conference, “Safety First, Safety for All,” is reflective of a corporate principal of APT. The conference served as an opportunity for international participants to reflect and exchange information on a number of topics concerning space safety. APT was honored to present several papers at the conference. Ms. Leslie Alford presented a paper entitled, “Proposal for a Governing Space Safety Treaty Organization,” and Ms. Megan Stroud presented a paper entitled, “The Evolution of Continuing Education & Training for Safety & Mission Assurance Professionals.” Mr. Mark Raysich also co-authored a paper for the conference entitled, “You Can’t Reach for the Stars if You are Tripping Over the Ground! (Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls).” The two days prior to the conference, APT hosted a workshop for the IAASS Launch & Reentry Safety Technical Committee, which is chaired by APT President, Tom Pfitzer. For more information about the IAASS, please visit their website at


A-P-T Research, Inc. (APT) is pleased to announce our intention to offer services as a prime contractor for the upcoming National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Safety & Mission Assurance (SMA) services effort (Draft RFP NNM16577788R).  We currently hold several large SMA contracts supporting the Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA.  Our steady corporate growth and focus on SMA ensure continued cost competitiveness and completely independent analyses and advisory recommendations. Therefore, we are extending an invitation to interested, potential teammates and SMA professionals who may desire to join our team. Our intent is to include the best capability the nation can provide from any source. Personnel interested in working on this contract may contact APT at

APT is a Huntsville, AL, based, 100% employee-owned, ESOP-structured (employee stock ownership plan) SMA company.  Founded in 1990, APT provides professional engineering services to approximately 40 government agencies in a variety of SMA disciplines. Specialties include system safety, quality and mission assurance, industrial safety, metrology, software safety, test planning, range safety, explosives safety, and reliability.

APT Approved to Provide Explosives Safety Training for RTC

APT has been approved to provide Explosives Safety Training for Redstone Test Center (RTC). This allows RTC personnel to attend the APT course when requesting initial or refresher certification for Group Level II or III in accordance with RTC Supplement 2 to ATEC 385-1. The APT Explosives Safety course can be used in place of Defense Ammunition Center AMMO 60 (Technical Ammunition) Course and AMMO-63-DL, U.S. Army Explosives Familiarization.

The APT Training Program was established in 2004. The Explosive Safety Course is an overview of hazards inherent to explosive operations; associated safety precautions; and methods to analyze, test and obtain approval for explosive activities. It is designed primarily for individuals who develop, assemble, test, inspect, approve, transport, store or in some other way handle explosive items or material.

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8th IAASS Conference

APT will be hosting a Software System Safety Training Class 11-13 May, 2016, in conjunction with the 8th IAASS Conference. The 8th IAASS Conference, “Safety First, Safety for All,” is May 18-20 at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. The conference is the premiere international forum dedicated to the discussion of a wide variety of space safety topics.

Other course being offered include:

  • International Space Station Payload Design and Operation Safety
  • Space Debris
  • Launch Safety Analysis

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APT Awarded MDA TEAMS Safety Contract

A-P-T Research, Inc. is pleased to be awarded the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Technical, Engineering, Advisory, and Management Support (TEAMS) Safety contract. This $30,456,367 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract is for advisory and assistance services for Safety support to the MDA. The contract provides support for the development, implementation, sustainment, and execution of both Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) and program-level safety policies, requirements, and programs; supports BMDS and program-level system safety risk identification and management processes; and supports safe conduct of system demonstration and simulation activities, to include flight and ground tests, at both the BMDS and program levels.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; Dahlgren, Virginia; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and Fort Greely, Alaska, with an expected completion date of December 2021. This award is the result of the hard work and dedication of the MiDAESS support personnel from APT, Davis Strategic Innovations, Vencore, and NeXolve. We would like to thank everyone for their efforts in securing this win and look forward to our continued support to the Missile Defense Agency.