The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has issued three firm fixed price contract modifications for high-resolution commercial satellite imagery. The performance period is Feb. 1, 2006 through Jan. 31, 2007, and $2 million in FY 2006 O&M funding has been obligated for each modification. The total amount for all three contracts is $60 Million, and each announcement also noted that the award “is within the previously established $500,000,000 contract ceiling.” Precedent contract announcements do not exist on DefenseLINK to clarify.
Northrop Grumman Corp. Air Combat Systems in El Segundo, CA received a $24.8 million modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-06-C-0080) for the procurement of 37 shipsets of F/A-18 Hornet Center Barrel Replacement Plus (CBR+) hardware. This effort is part of the Service Life Extension Program for the Navy F/A-18 A-D Hornet aircraft.
The “center barrel” is the crucial center part of the aircraft fuselage that supports the wings and landing gear. This part is may be replaced for crash damage, or just because of the continual hard landing damage sustained by aircraft in the “controlled crashes” of carrier landings. The F/A-18 Hornet was expected to have a service life of 20 years, but that was based on 100 carrier landings per year. The US Navy has been busy during the Hornets’ service life, and so the planes are wearing out faster. This is a program that will be picking up steam…
Shaw Group, Inc. subsidiary Shaw Remediation Services LLC in Virginia Beach, Va., is being awarded $25 million under previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract N62470-02-D-3260 to exercise Option 3 for environmental remediation services at Department of Navy and Marine Corps installations and other government agencies under the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic area of responsibility. This is the first time this contract has been publicly mentioned on DefenseLINK, but the current release notes that the estimated contract amount after exercise of this option is $100 million. The potential total contract amount is not to exceed $125 million.
It has been a good week for Shaw. Q1 FY 2006 financial results, announced on January 6, 2006, were strong. That same day, the firm announced that Paducah Remediation Services, LLC, a joint venture between Shaw and native-owned small business Portage Environmental, Inc., received a $192 million contract from the U.S. Department of Energy. They will perform environmental remediation and waste management activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, KY.
Britain’s TopSatmicro-satellite and accompanying ground systems are part of a broader satellite R&D effort called MOSAIC. The satellite can deliver real time data and is engineered to provide 2.8 meter black & white/ 5 meter color resolution images at a much reduced cost compared to larger satellites. The programme has been jointly funded by the British National Space Centre (BNSC) and the UK Ministry of Defence at a mission cost below GBP 14 million.
The first high resolution images of the Earth transmitted by TopSat were received December 19, 2005 at QinetiQ’s West Freugh ground station. Regarding the image that accompanies this update…