For release: 06/14/02
Release #: 02-151
Teledyne Brown Engineering chosen to provide support for microgravity science work at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Ala., has selected Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville, Ala., for a contract to provide services in support of the center's work in the field of microgravity science and applications. Microgravity science is an area of research that takes advantage of the near-weightlessness or low-gravity environment in space.
In performing the work, Teledyne Brown Engineering will be supported by several subcontractor team members, all of which are small, Huntsville business firms. The subcontractors are: bd Systems, Madison Research Corporation, and Tec-Masters, Inc. Currently, this work is performed across a variety of contracts, and this contract represents a streamlined approach to support microgravity science activities at MSFC.
This is a 5-year contract with an option for an additional 5 years. Services are to be provided under the contract on an as-needed basis with reimbursement of the contractor on a cost-plus award fee and performance-incentive fee system. The minimum contract value for the first 5-year option is $15 million; the maximum contract value could be up to $568 million over the full 10-year period. This contract was awarded after a competitive selection process.
Services under the contract will be performed at Marshall facilities in Huntsville and will extend from June 14, 2002, through June 30, 2007. If NASA exercises the five-year option, work will continue until June 30, 2012.
A major component of the work will consist of developing, operating and providing sustaining support of flight and ground systems used in Marshall-managed microgravity research. Microgravity investigations conducted in Earth orbit further our understanding of critical biological, chemical and physical processes, opening doors to commercial development of space.