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Boeing to Provide JDAM for Foreign Military Sales

March 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $99,900,000 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee and indefinite- quantity/indefinite-delivery contract for production assets, spares, repairs and sustainment for the Joint Direct Attack Munitions system. Type of appropriation is foreign military sales funding. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  

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.

DARPA Awards Medical Device Research Contract

March 15, 2013
George I. Seffers

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. is being awarded a $15,150,012 modification to a cooperative agreement for the autonomous diagnostics to enable prevention and therapeutics: diagnostics on demand (ADEPT: DxOD) program. The digital slipchip platform for use in limited resource settings will be designed to provide analytic parity with the equipment typically used in reference laboratories, yet with a user experience and robustness that would permit clinical laboratory improvement amendments-waived status. To allow for a high level of medical care, the device will be readable with a cell phone, so results can be transmitted to reference laboratories or remote physicians. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is the contracting activity.

Boeing to Research P-8 Life Extension

March 15, 2013
George I. Seffers

The Boeing Co., Seattle, Wash., is being awarded a $128,393,761 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract for engineering labor to perform extended lifetime fatigue testing, teardown, and post-teardown analysis of the P-8A airframe under the P-8A System Development and Demonstration Program. The engineering tasks and analyses are necessary to authorize P-8A operations for up to 150 percent of the specified service life of the airframe, dependent upon the results of the extended lifetime testing. Fiscal 2013 Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation, Navy contract funds in the amount of $128,393,761 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River Md., is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman to Sustain LITENING Pod

March 15, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded a $173,643,542 firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable-no-fee, time and material contract for sustainment of the LITENING Targeting Pod System. The contracting activity is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

NASA Tests Biofuels for Environmental Effects, Performance

March 15, 2013
By Max Cacas

NASA is in the midst of its first phase of flight tests to determine the effects of alternative biofuels on the emissions and performance of jet engines flying at altitude.

The program is called the Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions, or ACCESS, according to Dr. Ruben Del Rosario, project manager of NASA’s Subsonic Fixed Wing project. The goal is to investigate how biofuels perform compared with traditional jet fuel and also to measure the environmental impact of biofuels. The results of the tests are significant because of the growing popularity of biofuels for both the U.S. Air Force and Navy as well as private sector aviation.

During the ACCESS tests, the space agency’s highly modified Douglas DC-8, which normally is used as a flying laboratory, will conduct a series of flights at altitudes as high as 40,000 feet, while a NASA Falcon HU-25 aircraft follows behind at distances of between 300 feet and more than 10 miles, according to Del Rosario. The flights will take place primarily over restricted airspace over Edwards Air Force Base in California.

ACCESS is the outgrowth of earlier preliminary research on biofuels and jets. “It was born out of two previous experiments that we conducted in 2009 and 2011 at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility,” Del Rosario explains. During those tests, ground-based instruments measured the exhaust emissions of the DC-8 while the plane was parked on a ramp at the Palmdale, California, facility.

“During the ground tests, we took very detailed emission measurements, measuring CO2 [carbon dioxide], different oxides, different particulates, measuring sulfur, all the different kind of emissions we could possibly measure with many other companies and institutions joining us, as well,” Del Rosario says.

W.M. Robots to Provide Mine Detectors in Afghanistan

March 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

W.M. Robots LLC, Colmar, Pa., is being awarded an $18,081,851 modification to previously awarded firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the procurement of Vallon mine detectors and consumable spares in support of foreign military sales to Afghanistan. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity.

Sierra Nevada to Prototype IT Architecture

March 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

Sierra Nevada Corp., Sparks, Nev., is being awarded an $8,387,809 cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract for software and hardware architecture framework prototype development. The contracting activity is Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y.

Northrop Grumman Receives Infrared Countermeasure Contract Modification

March 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Rolling Meadows, Ill., is being awarded a $20,562,405 contract modification for large aircraft infrared countermeasure hardware and support. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Northrop Grumman to Provide Aircraft Radar Pods

March 14, 2013
George I. Seffers

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum Heights, Md., is being awarded a $30 million indefinite-quantity/indefinite-delivery contract for contractor logistics support services in support of the AN/ASQ-236 aircraft radar pod. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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