The United Launch Alliance awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne a $1.8 million contract to help design and develop an Emergency Detection System (EDS) for human spaceflights to be proposed for Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. The EDS is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Development program, which aims to stimulate efforts within the private sector to develop, demonstrate, and accelerate human spaceflight capabilities. The EDS will be designed to monitor critical launch vehicle and spaceflight systems and to issue status, warning, and abort information to the crew during its mission to low-Earth orbit. It is also being designed to trigger the Launch Abort System during an emergency to carry astronauts to safety. The contract runs to December.