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NASA Selects Companies for Aerospace Vehicle R&D Contracts

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:37 am via: NASA
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HAMPTON, Va., (NASA) — NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., has selected five companies to provide the agency with support for analytical and experimental research and technology development, primarily for aerospace vehicles.

The companies are Analytical Services & Materials, Inc. of Hampton, Va.; ATK Space Systems of Beltsville, Md.; The Boeing Company of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, Calif.; and Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation of El Segundo, Calif.

The Structures, Materials, Aerodynamics, Aerothermodynamics, and Acoustics Research and Technology contract is valued at up to $400 million over five years.

The new multiple award contract will provide durability, damage tolerance and reliability; structural mechanics and concepts; structural dynamics, aeroelasticity; nondestructive evaluation; configuration aerodynamics; computational modeling and simulation; flow physics and control; aircraft and spacecraft noise prediction and control; aerothermodynamics; and multidisciplinary interactions, analysis, optimization and trade studies. The contract will support work at Langley and other NASA centers.

Is this only my perception or are there currently far more R&D and technology transfer contracts signed these days between NASA and other entities than it was the case only a few months ago?

Looks like Obama's plan to refocus NASA on pushing the technology envelope forward (instead of building redundant new rockets) is already well on its tracks! :)
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