NASA Awards Research, Engineering, Mission Integration Services Contract

WASHINGTON, DC (NASA PR) — NASA has selected 16 companies to provide a diverse range of competitive task-order contracts for serving the research and engineering products and services needs of the International Space Station.

Research, Engineering, and Mission Integration Services (REMIS) is a multi-award contract with indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed price and cost-plus-fixed-fee line item numbers. The contract begins Sept. 6 with a five-year base period, followed by a two-year option that may be exercised at NASA’s discretion. The maximum potential value of the contract, including the option, is $500 million.

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Lunar Suit Competitors to Cooperate

Competitors for space suit to work together
Associated Press

“Two companies that competed against each other in a contested bid to design the next-generation space suit for NASA will now work together in a joint enterprise.

“Dan Coulom, a spokesman for Hamilton Sundstrand, which is a partner of ILC Dover in the project, said Tuesday the venture will bid for the $745 million contract with Oceaneering International Inc.”

Dodd: Make Spacesuit Competition Fair

U.S. Senator Chris Dodd has weighed in on the NASA next generation spacesuit controversy on behalf of a company from his home state of Connecticut.

Hamilton Sundstrand – which has been making U.S. spacesuits for 40 years – recently lost the contract to Texas-based Oceaneering. NASA subsequently voided the contract after Hamilton Sundstrand filed an appeal with the Government Accountability Office and the NASA Inspector General’s Office raised concerns about the fairness of the bidding process.

“As NASA begins a new space suit competition, it is important that we get it right this time,” said Dodd.  “The people who know space-suits best— the Hamilton Sundstrand workers who have been making them since the early years of the Apollo program – should get the fair shot that they deserve.  I will remain vigilant in working to ensure that NASA executes an unbiased competition.  At the end of the day, I am convinced that Hamilton Sundstrand can win this competition fair and square and will continue manufacturing the suits that protect America’s astronauts for years to come.”

The text of Dodd’s letter is reproduced below:

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Constellation’s Latest Headache: Lawyers

NASA nixes Oceaneering’s suit contract; reopens bidding
Houston Chronicle

“NASA has terminated Houston-based Oceaneering International’s contract to develop a new generation of spacesuits and is reopening the bidding for the $184 million contract.

“Responding to a complaint filed by rival bidder Exploration Systems & Technology of Houston, the space agency has asked the two companies to make “limited” revisions and then resubmit their proposals.”

NASA contractors locked in legal battle
Orlando Sentinel

“A potentially damaging legal dustup has broken out between the contractor running NASA’s space shuttle and the company in charge of the next rocket program.

“The heart of the complaint is that Alliant Techsystems Inc., or ATK, which is designing the Ares rockets that will take astronauts back to the moon by 2020, is poaching skilled engineers from United Space Alliance, or USA, NASA’s prime shuttle contractor.”

Hamilton Sundstrand Challenges Spacesuit Award to Oceaneering

Hamilton Sundstrand protests NASA contract
Associated Press

“Hamilton Sundstrand has protested NASA’s selection of a Texas company to supply the space agency’s next-generation space suit. The subsidiary of Hartford-based United Technologies Corp. and a partner company filed the protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office on Monday. Company officials do not believe they got adequate information from NASA about why Hamilton Sundstrand lost out, the company said in a statement.

“The contract was awarded June 12 to Houston-based Oceaneering International Inc., best known for providing deep water services and products to the oil and gas industry. Hamilton Sundstrand and its partner, ILC Dover of Frederica, Del., have supplied the space suits since the 1960s.”

Oceaneering Suited NASA’s Needs Better than Hamilton Sundstrand, ILC Dover

NASA Eyed Management In Spacesuit Selection
Frank Morring, Jr.
Aviation Week & Space Technology

NASA picked a team headed by Oceaneering International Inc. (OII) to build its next-generation spacesuits because it felt the team’s systems engineering and management plans are more likely to get the job done than those proposed by veteran suitmakers Hamilton Sundstrand and ILC Dover.”

Harris will build next-generation space suit radios
David Hubler
Washington Technology

“Harris Corp. will provide the radio communications and navigation system for NASA’s next-generation spacesuit under a seven-year contract with a potential value of $58 million.”

NASA Awards Contract for Constellation Spacesuit for the Moon
Press Release
Paragon Space Development Company

Aerojet to help Boeing build new moon rocket

Aerojet and Boeing have signed an associate contractor’s agreement to build the upper stage of the Ares rocket for NASA’s Orion lunar program. The contract also involves four other companies: Hamilton Sundstrand, Jacobs Engineering Group, Moog Inc., and Teledyne Brown Engineering. Aerojet, a division of GenCorp, is based in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Read the Sacramento Bee story here. Aerojet has also issued a press release.