NASA awards Raytheon $120 million contract

  • 07-Sep-2010 10:01 EDT
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Two astronauts maneuver around the outside of the Hubble mockup in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab.

Raytheon Technical Services Co. LLC (RTSC) received a contract valued up to $120 million to support facilities and operations for astronaut training at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Sonny Carter Training Facility in Houston. Under the contract, RTSC will operate, maintain, and perform engineering services for equipment and software used at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) and Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF). The contract begins Oct. 1, 2010, and ends Sept. 30, 2015, if all options are exercised. RTSC has approximately 70 employees supporting the laboratory and the mockup facility, operations that provide zero-gravity or partial-gravity training to astronauts in Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs. In addition to astronaut training, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility supports other engineering activities at JSC.

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