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NASA, Air Force Seek Space Processor for Future Missions

April 12, 2013

NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory are asking industry for solutions to meet future high-performance space computing needs in the coming decades.

The Air Force Next Generation Space Processor Analysis Program is seeking two to four companies to perform a year-long evaluation of advanced space-based applications that would use spaceflight processors for the 2020 to 2030 time frame. The call for research and development proposals came in a broad agency announcement, which will involve a competitive selection process with plans to award a cost-reimbursement contract with approximately $2 million to be shared by the selected companies over one year.

Awardees will begin with three months of studies to determine and define the required computing performance for these advanced applications and to compare their findings with the government's preliminary requirements. During the following nine months, the selected companies will develop spaceflight processing architecture solutions to a set of NASA and Air Force requirements.

A chosen team may develop the spaceflight processor following the initial phase of research. Depending on the availability of funds, that contract award could be roughly $20 million over a four year period.

Three Companies to Support Marshall Space Flight Center

March 15, 2013
George I. Seffers

NASA has selected three companies to provide engineering solutions and products to Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The companies are Radiance Technologies Inc. and Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc., Huntsville, Ala., and Wyle Laboratories Inc., Houston, Texas. The performance-based, cost-reimbursement fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts have a potential value of $350 million. The contracts have a five-year performance period with a minimum order quantity value of $1 million. The three companies will compete to provide engineering solutions and products for design, development, test, evaluation, operations and training in support of MSFC flight projects, human and robotic exploration, science and technology development, future programs/projects, and other MSFC organizations that have similar needs.

NASA Names New Directors for Glenn Research Center, Johnson Space Center

NASA has named James Free director, Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, and Ellen Ochoa director, Johnson Space Center, Houston

NASA Awards Space Station Integration Services Contract

August 22, 2012
By George Seffers

NASA has selected Barrios Technology Limited, Houston, Texas, to provide mission and program integration services for the International Space Station Program at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The contract includes three two-year options valued at approximately $84 million and a provision for additional work not to exceed $50 million. The total potential value of the contract is $384.7 million.

NASA Selects ASI to Support Marshall Space Flight Center

August 8, 2012
By George Seffers

NASA has selected Analytical Services Incorporated (ASI), Huntsville, Alabama, to provide strategic research and analysis and communications support services at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Including options, the contract is potentially valued at $51.6 million, which includes a maximum potential indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity value of $19.25 million. Under the contract, ASI will be responsible for providing strategic research and analysis, communication planning, and communications services and product development and delivery.

NASA Awards TEAMS 2 Contract Option

August 8, 2012
By George Seffers

NASA has elected to exercise the first option of the Technology, Engineering and Aerospace Mission Support contract (TEAMS 2) that was awarded to Analytical Mechanics Associates Incorporated, Hampton, Virginia, the company recently announced. The contracted work will be performed at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton. The option is valued at almost $42.2 million. The total value of this cost-plus award-fee with indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract is approximately $328 million. The TEAMS 2 contract provides engineering services to support research and technology development to meet evolving NASA mission objectives.

NASA Awards Potential $177 Million IT Support Contract

June 28, 2012
By George Seffers

NASA has selected Digital Management Incorporated, Bethesda, Maryland, to support its Headquarters Operations, Information Technology and Communications Division, Washington, DC, under the Headquarters Information Technology Support Services (HITSS) contract. This is a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, with the ability to issue indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity task orders on a cost-plus-incentive fee or cost-plus-fixed fee basis. The maximum total value of the contract, including options, is approximately $177 million. Under this contract, Digital Management will provide information technology support services to NASA Headquarters. Additional services include planning and management of information systems; life-cycle support for applications and information systems; operation of the NASA Headquarters Data Center; systems engineering and integration services; information technology security; technology innovation and infusion and customer support.

NASA Extends Integrated Mission Operations Contract

June 28, 2012
By George Seffers

NASA has awarded a contract extension to United Space Alliance, Houston, Texas, to provide mission and flight crew operations support for the International Space Station and future human space exploration. The $17.4 million extension of the Integrated Mission Operations Contract covers ground-based human spaceflight operations capability development and execution. This contract includes support for mission planning and preparation, crew and flight controller training, and real-time mission execution. There is a $17.8 million option to extend the contract for another year. The total potential value of the cost-plus-award-fee contract would be $35 million, if the option is exercised. This contract extends the original contract, which was in effect from November 2008 through September 2012.

Cool App-titude: ISSLive!

June 26, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Keep tabs on astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) at all times with the free ISSLive! app for iOS and Android. The program, developed by NASA, provides live streaming data on station position, internal environment, altitude, crew activities and more.

NASA Seeks Small Satellite Solutions

February 6, 2012

Got a good idea for a small satellite? NASA has issued a broad agency announcement seeking low-cost flight demonstration proposals for small satellites, which generally weigh less than 400 pounds and are usually launched as secondary payloads.

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