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Melissa Mathews
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1727)

John Ira Petty
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

Jan. 7, 2005
NASA Awards Crew Robotics, Vehicle Equipment Contracts
NASA has awarded contracts to two companies and two institutions for Crew Robotics and Vehicle Equipment (CRAVE) work. Total value of each of the four contracts is not to exceed $48 million.

Companies selected were Hamilton Sundstrand Services and Oceaneering Space Systems Inc., both of Houston. Also receiving contracts: the Texas Engineering Experiment Station at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ala. The cost-plus-fixed-fee, performance-based contracts run through December 2009.

The contracts involve -- extravehicular activity equipment, spacecraft flight crew equipment, crew health and conditioning systems, extravehicular robotics equipment, environmental control and life support equipment and active thermal control systems, including ground support systems. The equipment is for use in the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and advanced equipment for future human spaceflight programs.

The contracts with Hamilton Sundstrand Services and Oceaneering Space Systems were awarded as a result of a full and open competition, called A-CRAVE-Unrestricted. The other two contracts were awarded based on a competition open to educational institutions, nonprofit institutions, or federally funded research and development centers, called B-CRAVE Restricted.

The work will be done at contractor and subcontractor facilities. For information about NASA programs on the Web, visit:


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