First Win Was Tossed Out Earlier This Month
They're going to try again.
Oceaneering International, Inc. announced Thursday it intends to
submit a revised proposal to NASA for development and production of
the Constellation Space Suit System (CSSS).
As ANN reported, NASA's initial contract award
to Oceaneering was terminated earlier this month... a move
Oceaneering says was "for the convenience of the government,"
noting the GAO subsequently dismissed the protest lodged by
Exploration Systems & Technology, Inc.
"Based on a narrow compliance issue, NASA intends to re-open
limited discussions, request new final proposal revisions, and
re-award the contract," Oceaneering states.
Mark Gittleman, Vice-President and General Manager of
Oceaneering Space Systems, added "While we are disappointed that
NASA terminated our contract, we believe in their process and
support their decision. We are pleased the GAO has dismissed the
protest. We look forward to submitting a limited final proposal
revision as required by NASA and to a timely contract award."
"We remain confident our offering will continue to be judged as
the best value to the government," said Jim Buchli, Vice President
& CSSS Program Manager. "Our world-class and highly experienced
contractor team offered an innovative and comprehensive solution to
develop and produce the next spacesuit for NASA. We remain fully
committed and prepared to meet all requirements of the
Constellation spacesuit program."
Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and
products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a
focus on deepwater applications. Oceaneering Space Systems, located
in Houston, TX immediately adjacent to NASA JSC, supports NASA in
training astronauts for extravehicular activity, and designs,
develops, tests, produces, and certifies astronaut equipment,
robotic systems, and thermal protection systems for NASA, the
Department of Defense, and commercial applications.