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The Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS) is an interdisciplinary Organized Research Unit (ORU) at the University of California at San Diego. Formed in 1979, CASS handles large technical projects involving hardware construction for NASA's space missions. The specific objectives of CASS are to provide an interdisciplinary center of excellence at UCSD for research in Astrophysics and Space Science and to provide an organization which can support the technical projects and personnel needed to develop forefront instrumentation for space and ground based research.

CASS provides major instruments for both ground-based observatories and for space missions and now has several space experiments under development for launch in the mid and late 1990's. CASS' technical staff consists of about 30 personnel, including engineers, technicians, and computer specialists, and there are another 10 people in the administrative and secretarial support areas. Research personnel number approximately 60.

In order to maintain the professional staff between major projects and also to provide cross-fertilization of ideas and skills, CASS occasionally undertakes subcontracts with outside organizations. We complement other's existing technical personnel and facilities in meeting the challenge of excess work. Examples of past undertakings are provided below. The purpose of this presentation is to set forth the capabilities within CASS to carry out such subcontracting to the benefit of all concerned.


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