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Elvia H. Thompson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1696)

Michael Mewhinney
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
(Phone: 650/604-3937)

June 24, 2005
NASA Announces Aerospace Systems Modeling Selection
NASA will award Science Applications International Corp (SAIC), Albuquerque, N.M. a contract this month to support aerospace systems modeling and simulation facilities at Ames Research Center (ARC), Moffett Field, Calif.

The facilities include, but are not limited to the Crew-Vehicle Systems Research Facility, Vertical Motion Simulator Complex and FutureFlight Central (called the SimLabs). The SimLabs' primary mission is to provide high-fidelity environments for simulated flight research and to advance state-of-the-art of simulation technology. The SimLabs also work on Air Traffic Control/Management to solve the capacity problems of the nation’s airports.

SAIC will be responsible for operation, development, maintenance and modification of the SimLabs; successful preparation and operation of the simulators; collection of research data, as specified in the task order; the continuing operation and upgrade of facilities. SAIC also will be responsible for development, testing and validation of advanced air traffic management automation tools being developed in the SimLabs.

The total estimated cost plus fee for the base period is $28.9 million. The contract value, including all award terms and fees, is $62.1 million. The base period is five years and there are award term incentives for up to an additional five years. The phase-in begins July 1, 2005, with full contract responsibility starting Aug.1, 2005.

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