iRobot Corp., Bedford, Mass., is being awarded a $28,776,935 modification to previously awarded contract for the procurement of Man Transportable Robotic System production systems, depot level repair parts, spare kits, depot repair services, parts supply, training, engineering enhancements, configuration management and approved accessories. The Man Transportable Robotic System is a small robotic vehicle used by Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians to conduct remote reconnaissance, render safe, and/or dispose of explosive devices. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division, Indian Head, Md., is the contracting activity.
Argon ST Inc., Fairfax, Va., was awarded a $9,632,695 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide services in support of the Joint Unified Multi-Capable Protection System research and development program. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity.
L-3 Communication, San Diego, Calif., was awarded a $10,505,889 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract to procure high frequency transceivers and components for RT-1606 systems and accessories in support of Egypt. The Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., is the contracting activity.
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.
Researchers at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, have developed a robotic batwing that could one day lead to more dynamic, dexterous and sophisticated wings for aircraft. The National Science Foundation, which supports the research, announced the breakthrough in its online publication Science Nation, along with a video. Unlike the wings of birds or insects, batwings are more like the human hand with many joints and skin, allowing bats to change the shape of their wings in-flight, researchers say.
Comtech EF Data, Tempe, Ariz., is being awarded a potential $28,350,859 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price contract for development and production of Advanced Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) Interface Processor (ATIP). The ATIP will replace the legacy TDMA Interface Processor. The ATIP is a Layer-2 Ethernet bridging device that will be installed on ship, shore and submarine platforms. It provides transparent bridging capability among Internet protocol users that are geographically dispersed and connected via Milstar Medium Data Rate (MDR), Advanced Extremely High Frequency MDR/Extended Data Rate (XDR) or Enhanced Polar XDR links. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.
BAE Systems Electronics Ltd, Maritime Services Division, Portsmouth, U.K., is being awarded an $8,268,703 modification to previously awarded contract that includes firm-fixed-price contract line item numbers (CLIN) for program management and support and calibration and maintenance services and a cost-plus-fixed-fee CLIN for engineering services support. This modification will complete production and delivery of Archerfish neutralizers (destructor, mine neutralization, Airborne EX64 Mod 0 Archerfish) system upgrade provides a significant reliability and performance improvement to the current MK-105, increasing the U.S. Navy's capability to conduct quick-response, high-speed airborne mine countermeasures for the next decade. The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Panama City, Fla., is the contracting activity.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, Calif., is being awarded an $18,251,274 firm-fixed-price contract for MQ-1/MQ-9 organic depot activation. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base (AFB), Utah, Warner-Robins AFB, Ga., and Tinker AFB, Okla., and is expected to be completed by April 4, 2015. The contracting activity is Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
Logos Technologies Inc., Arlington, Va., is being awarded an $8,000,994 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for field service representatives, operators, and analysts required to support Persistent Ground Surveillance Systems Kestrel systems deployed outside of the continental United States. The company also is being awarded a $7,154,836 modification to delivery order #0003 under previously awarded basic ordering agreement for the same purpose. The modifications are in support of a Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Project under Topic 072-019 entitled "Wide Area Video Image Storage Techniques." Work will be performed in Afghanistan and Fairfax, Va., and is expected to be completed in October 2013. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, N.J., is the contracting activity.