Fri, Jul 06, 2007
Includes Second Lavatory, Spare Air Pump
This week, NASA signed a $46 million fixed price basic contract
with S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Public Corporation, also known
as RSC Energia, in Korolev, Russia, for various hardware items and
their integration into the International Space Station... including
a system of vital importance to the station's crew.
The basic contract includes $19 million to purchase a
Russian-designed toilet system with a privacy enclosure and
additional space station equipment.
The toilet system, similar to the one already in use in the
station's Zvezda Service Module, is needed for the planned
expansion from three to six crew members in 2009. The system will
be able to automatically transfer urine to a US device that can
generate potable water.
The additional equipment includes a spare depress air pump used
to conserve air when the crew exits the Quest airlock for a
spacewalk; technical and engineering support for the mechanism that
allows shuttles to dock with the station; software updates for the
station's inventory management system; and certification of
additional computer hardware for use on the station.
The contract runs through December 2011 and includes funds to
procure equipment necessary for routine maintenance.
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