Wed, Aug 04, 2010
NBL Facility Is Where Astronauts Train For Weightless
NASA has awarded a contract to Raytheon Technical Services of
Webster, Texas, to operate, maintain and provide sustaining
engineering at the Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy
Laboratory and Space Vehicle Mockup Facility in Houston. The
contract has a maximum value of $119.9 million.
The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, or NBL, includes a large pool
where astronauts use pressurized spacesuits to train for
spacewalks. The NBL, which has underwater mockups of the space
shuttle and International Space Station modules, simulates the
weightless environment of space. The Space Vehicle Mockup Facility
also is used to train astronauts for their missions. It includes
full-scale simulators of the shuttle, station and Soyuz spacecraft.
Both facilities are managed by Johnson's Mission Operations
The contract's three-year base period is valued at $67.6 million
with two one-year options totaling $52.3 million. The base period
extends from Oct. 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2013. If both options
are exercised the contract will extend through Sept. 30, 2015.
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