Canada isn’t known for space launch technologies. It does have a satellite industry, and is the origin of both the American Space Shuttle’s robotic “Canadarm” and the International Space Station’s Mobile Servicing System (MSS) that includes Canadarm-2 with Dextre et. al. In line with this focus as a respected components manufacturer, The Canadian Space Agency recently announced an investment of CDN$ 10.3 million (currently about $8.7 million) in 36 research and development projects involving new space technologies and applications.
Nineteenth HFC Leasing Corporation in Prospect Heights, IL received $48.6 million under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00033-82-C-1028) to exercise an option to purchase Maritime Prepositioning Ship 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo [T-AK 3008]. The ship has been under long-term charter to Military Sealift Command since 1985, and is one of 16 Maritime Prepositioning Ships that strategically place U.S. Marine Corps cargo at sea around the world, in order to make it quickly available to US forces who are flown into a theater of operations. The ship will remain crewed by about 30 civilian mariners employed by American Overseas Marine Corporation of Quincy, MA. She will transfer to U.S. government ownership on Jan. 16, 2007, and will continue to operate worldwide. Military Sealift Command in Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. in Oak Brook, IL was awarded on Jan. 11, 2007, a $9.1 million firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance dredging of Wilmington Harbor., NC. Work is expected to be complete by April 30, 2007. There were 14 bids solicited on Nov. 8, 2006, and 3 bids were received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Savannah, GA issued the contract (W912HN-07-C-0014).