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3 Phoenix to Engineer and Integrate Periscope Detection Radars

March 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
3 Phoenix Inc., Chantilly, Va., is being awarded a $6,886,142 modification to previously awarded SBIR Phase III contract for additional engineering and system integration support for the AN/SPS-74 periscope detection radars system program. This effort includes equipment, engineering services, and field services in support of in-service engineering requirements as well as material and services required for equipment changes, repair, and spare and repair parts. The contractor will provide drawings, software engineering, and documentation development in support of the AN/SPS-74 periscope detection radars system. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme, Calif. is the contracting activity. 

U.S. Air Force Modifies Range Communications Contracts

March 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
InDyne Inc., Reston, Va., is being awarded a $34,107,547.11 contract modification for range operations, communications and information services. The contracting activity is the 30th Contract Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.  

Lockheed Awarded Space Based Infrared Systems Funding

March 18, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $105,868,182 cost-plus incentive-fee and fixed-price incentive-firm contract for contractor logistics support, legacy sustainment and combined task force support for the Space Based Infrared Systems. The contracting activity is the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.  

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.  

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.

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