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ATAC - Visual History of the Company

Building the foundation with deep technical roots

The setting for ATAC's startup in 1979 was in a neighbor’s backyard in Sunnyvale, California over a casual conversation about the ideal work environment, one that encouraged great work. With roots from Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and Ford Aerospace and location in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the company was started with a bank loan and a good idea. The three founders, Al Bien, Banle Maletis and Bob Ringo, were passionate about starting a company that encouraged great work and professional freedom.They created an atmosphere of minimal structure and bureaucracy and the company grew very quickly.

Their first customer was the Office of Naval Research developing computer tools and models for data analysis and modeling. ATAC provided software engineering, management and technical support services for NASA and the Marine Corp for all three founders had extensive experience in government-sponsored research and engineering work.

Within a few years, ATAC experienced rapid growth. By 1983, ATAC had 95 employees and offices in Washington, D.C. and San Diego with on-site technical representatives at NASA/Ames Research Center, Moffett Field CA; Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Florida; and the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany Georgia. ATAC provided services to Department of Defense, Federal, State and Local government agencies as well as commercial and industrial clients.

ATAC specialized in creating decision aids, tools and models inspired by customer's projects. ATAC’s strategy was to develop software products and technology to provide value-added resources to compliment the technical services offered to customers. In the 1980's, ATAC developed the Airport and Airspace Delay and Fuel Consumption Simulation Model (SIMMOD), under contact to the FAA. This tool is still used today to simulate and model aircraft flying through air-traffic-controlled en route and terminal airspace.

In the 1990's, ATAC developed Performance Data Analysis and Reporting System (PDARS) under joint sponsorship of the FAA and NASA to monitor, measure, analyze, and graphically display air traffic operations performance, based on radar flight track data from air traffic control facilities. The goal was to create a system-wide capability to monitor day-to-day operations of the National Airspace System (NAS) and to measure Air Traffic Control's delivery of services, to ensure that they are safe, efficient, and meet the needs of its customers.

ATAC takes pride in developing long term contracts with their customers such as FAA, NASA and DoD agencies. This has been the key to ATAC's success and stability. Today, ATAC and its continuing success reflects the original goals of the three founders. It is essentially a loosely organized group of highly motivated, independent-minded staff bent on the success of their company - ATAC.

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