NASA Awards Raytheon Potential $155M Neural Buoyancy Lab Support Contract

Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) has received a potential seven-year, $154.5 million contract from NASA to support flight crew training and development efforts in the space agency’s Neural Buoyancy Laboratory at the Houston-based Sonny Carter Training Facility.

The company’s intelligence, information and service unit will help the laboratory procure  life-support systems for submersed space-suited objects as well as oxygen breathing gas production, spacewalk procedure development and verification and human-rated robotic system operations services, NASA said Thursday.

The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory features a 6.2 million-gallon pool designed to simulate the weightlessness an astronaut experiences in space.

Raytheon will also obtain computer network systems linked to simulations on the International Space Station, integrated audio and video systems and Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus training and evaluation services under the contract.

The contract has a two-year base period, two two-year options and an additional one-year option.

Work under the contract will support training and development efforts aimed to increase the safety of agency missions related to the International Space StationOrion spacecraft and Commercial Crew Program.

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