Crystal Group Produces a Key Component of NASA’s Space Video Gateway System

Hiawatha, IA, August 27, 2006 --( Crystal Group Incâ . is pleased to announce that their CS900 server has been selected for NASA’s Space Video Gateway System. Crystal’s CS900 server will launch aboard STS-115 Atlantis in late August or early September and will be delivered to the International Space Station (ISS).

The Space Video Gateway (SVG) System will use live and recorded downlink capabilities to deliver High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD) video streams from the International Space Station to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Footage transmitted from the ISS will include research information, educational footage, external and internal equipment inspection data and communications from the ISS crew. One Crystal CS900 will be used on the Space Station to receive HD and SD video from on-board cameras and downlink the video streams using a NASA-developed network card. A second CS900 unit will receive and distribute the data on the ground.

Crystal Group uses their design and integration expertise to manufacture powerful, compact computers for mission critical applications. The company is known for superior levels of service, product quality and the innovative designs they offer. Crystal Group’s servers provide unique and flexible design capabilities, unique form factors and compliance with MIL-STD requirements. The Crystal CS900 server used by NASA is tested to MIL-STD-810F, MIL-STD-167-1, and MIL-S-901 D, indicating that it meets requirements for altitude, humidity, shock and vibration as well as operational temperature ranges from 0o to 55oC. Crystal Group’s CS900 servers also underwent a thorough technical evaluation and met NASA’s qualification requirements including thermal and environmental testing for radiation and electromagnetic interference.

"We are incredibly thrilled to produce a key component of NASA’s Space Video Gateway system," said Scott Kongable, President of Crystal Group Inc. "Space exploration is a key scientific endeavor and to be part of that is very important and highly rewarding to everyone at Crystal Group."

Thanks to an engineering team that includes NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, and key industry partners, like Crystal Group, communications between the ISS and earth will flow smoothly and efficiently.

About Crystal Group Inc.

Crystal Group Inc. (, located in Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, manufactures powerful, compact computers that fit mission critical applications. For almost 20 years Crystal Group Inc. has been developing rugged solutions for our customers’ most challenging needs. As a server/systems manufacturer, systems integrator and custom design team, we are uniquely positioned to quickly and cost-effectively address all aspects of our customers’ projects. Crystal excels at providing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and custom-designed computer systems tailored to meet specific needs. Crystal Group offerings include standard and unique form factors with configuration management, life-cycle planning and CrystalGuardTM warranties. Contact a Crystal Program Manager for more information.

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