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Vertex Aerospace Books $265M NASA Contract for Neutral Buoyancy Lab Support

Vertex Aerospace has secured a potential 10-year, $265.2 million contract to support the operations of a human spaceflight training facility located at the Sonny Carter Training Facility of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

The company will perform technical, administrative and managerial work to ensure the reliability of hardware and software systems that support flight crew training at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, NASA said Monday.

The contract has a two-year base period with five option periods that could extend work through 2034. 

The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory has a 6.2 million-gallon pool designed to simulate the weightlessness an astronaut experiences in space and can support large-scale training and mission planning operations using underwater and topside assets.

Work under the contract’s base period will commence on Oct. 1.

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