Harris Corporation has announced that it has won a NASA contract as part of the agency’s Crew, Robotics, Avionics, and Vehicle Equipment program. Harris Corporation has been chosen to be a member of the Oceaneering Space Systems, Inc. team. The Oceaneering team is one of three industry teams and two universities selected to participate in the five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract, which has a ceiling value of $70 million.
CRAVE contracts will encompass a variety of tasks for all human spaceflight programs supported by the Johnson Space Center Engineering Directorate, including the Space Shuttle, Space Station and Exploration. The awarded contracts relate to areas such as communications, avionics, ventilation systems and space suit modifications and new hand tools for astronauts.
Harris has been entrusted with the task of providing design, development, manufacturing, testing and sustainment of space communications systems and equipment. In addition, the company will support Oceaneering in networking and robotic command and control tasks as required. Because of the advanced research studies the company has conducted and because of the network architectures it has developed, Harris is in a position to provide highly reliable space and terrestrial communications and help solve the agency’s unique, mission-critical program challenges.
Harris has had a long-standing association with NASA. It has participated in a number of NASA programs since the 1960s, including Apollo, Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Recently, TMCnet reported that Harris Corporation has also been entrusted with modernizing NASA Ground Segment for Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System.