WASHINGTON - NASA has selected four companies to provide flight critical systems research and other services to NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.
Those companies are The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach, Calif.; Honeywell International, Inc., Golden Valley, Minn.; Rockwell Collins, Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Saab Sensis Corporation, East Syracuse, N.Y.
The award is a cost-plus-fixed fee contract with a maximum value of $9.5 million over five years. It includes a two-year base period with three one-year options.
Flight critical systems research addresses aviation systems technology gaps that stem from the operational challenges of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), trans-atmospheric flight, and extra-terrestrial planetary flight. Included in those challenges are increasing complexity and inner-connectivity; distributed control; system of systems, continuous vehicle health management; remote-piloting and autonomy such as unmanned aircraft systems operations; blurring of system boundaries; more use of automation and computing; and increasing verification, validation, and certification.
The contractors will conduct basic and applied research, technology development, and systems analyses in airborne and ground-based systems critical to flight safety, air traffic management, and control in the areas of crew systems and aviation operations.
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