NASA, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, recently awarded a $248 million sole-source contract for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) spacecraft to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colorado. Ball will design, build and test the spacecraft; integrate government-furnished instruments; integrate the satellite with the launch vehicle; and support launch operations and on-orbit checkout. The spacecraft is a clone of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environment Satellite System Preparatory Project. JPSS-1 is expected to be ready for launch in 2014. The system includes the satellites and sensors supporting civil weather and climate measurements and a shared ground infrastructure with the Department of Defense weather satellite system.
The U.S. Defense Department is resuming the military spouse career advancement accounts program (MyCAA) after a comprehensive review and restructuring. The benefits will be available for spouses of service members in ranks E1 to E5, W1 to W2 and O1 to O2 beginning on October 25.
NASA, on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has awarded a $98 million contract to ITT Corporation of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) instrument planned for flight on the first Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1) in 2014. JPSS is the restructured civilian portion of the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System. This includes the satellites and sensors supporting civil weather and climate measurements and a shared ground infrastructure with the Department of Defense weather satellite system.
Globecomm Systems Incorporated, Hauppage, New York, recently announced that the U.S. Army Communications-Electronic Life Cycle Management Command has exercised a $4 million contract option for the continued production of the Joint Internet Protocol Modem for use on military and commercial satellites to provide demand-based satellite communication transport services to the warfighter. The task order brings the base contract value to nearly $23 million. It has a total potential value of $87 million.
Afga Healthcare, Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, and Fuji Medical Systems, Stamford, Connecticut are being awarded contracts for Digital Imaging Network-Picture Archiving and Communications Systems, sub-systems and components to be provided to all U.S. military services. Afga's contract is valued at a potential $45 million, Fuji's at $9 million. The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.
Autometric Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems Division, Springfield, Virginia, was recently awarded an $8 million contract for data production of high-resolution terrain elevation for bare earth and reflective surfaces. National Geospatial & Intelligence Agency, St. Louis, Missouri, is the contracting activity.
McLane Advanced Technologies, Temple, Texas, was recently awarded a $52 million time-and-materials contract for post deployment software support for the Standard Army Maintenance System. National Capitol Region Contracting Center, Alexandria, Virginia, is the contracting activity.