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Offline Chris Bergin

This is a bigger deal than I realized. Bad news for USA.

Dec. 17, 2012

Michael Curie
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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Joshua Buck
Headquarters, Washington
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CONTRACT RELEASE: C12-062

NASA AWARDS TEST AND OPERATIONS SUPPORT CONTRACT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA has awarded its Test and Operations
Support Contract, or TOSC, to Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma,
Tenn. Jacobs will provide overall management and implementation of
ground systems capabilities, flight hardware processing and launch
operations at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. These tasks
will support the International Space Station, Ground Systems
Development and Operations, and the Space Launch System, Orion
Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Launch Services programs.

The contract begins March 1, 2013, following a two-month phase-in
period beginning Jan. 2. The contract has a one-year, seven-month
base period and options to extend the work through Sept. 30, 2022.
The maximum potential value for the nine-year, seven-month
cost-plus-award-fee contract is $1.37 billion if NASA exercises all
options.

Jacobs will provide services to meet NASA requirements, including
support to the agency's programs, commercial entities and other
government agencies. These services include launch vehicle,
spacecraft and payload integration and processing; operations and
development of associated processes and ground systems to support
integration, processing and launch; servicing and testing of flight
hardware; and launch of development and operational flights at
Kennedy.

Subcontractors working with Jacobs on the contract include Engineering
Research and Consulting Inc., or ERC, of Huntsville, Ala., and
Aerodyne Industries LLC, of Oldsmar, Fla.

With the award of this contract, Kennedy is positioning itself for the
next era of space exploration. Kennedy is transitioning to a
21st-century launch facility with multiple users, both private and
government. A dynamic infrastructure is taking shape, designed to
host many kinds of spacecraft and rockets sending people on America's
next voyages in space.

For more information about Kennedy, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/kennedy

For more information about NASA programs and missions, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov 

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Re: Jacobs win major KSC Test and Operations Support Contract
« Reply #1 on: 12/18/2012 02:01 AM »
USA was told not to bid on it by Boeing and LM
« Last Edit: 12/18/2012 02:01 AM by Jim »

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Re: Jacobs win major KSC Test and Operations Support Contract
« Reply #2 on: 12/18/2012 06:40 AM »
USA was told not to bid on it by Boeing and LM
Interesting. What are the reasons why Boeing and LM told USA not to bid?

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Re: Jacobs win major KSC Test and Operations Support Contract
« Reply #3 on: 12/18/2012 09:57 AM »
I would imagine USA has nothing near the capabilities required anymore, in either manpower or equipment. Or I even wouldn't be surprised if USA isnt expected to exist much longer.
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Re: Jacobs win major KSC Test and Operations Support Contract
« Reply #4 on: 12/18/2012 10:23 AM »
I would imagine USA has nothing near the capabilities required anymore, in either manpower or equipment. Or I even wouldn't be surprised if USA isnt expected to exist much longer.

Do we have a count of how many are left?

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Re: Jacobs win major KSC Test and Operations Support Contract
« Reply #5 on: 12/18/2012 12:57 PM »
I suppose this will also mean that the next time we see a crew ingress at Pad 39B (Orion and SLS), the closeout crew will have Jacobs on their backs, not USA?

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Jacobs has been been wanting this for a long time. They now have at least one major operating contract at most of the NASA centers.

http://www.jacobstechnology.com/nasa.htm

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Re: Jacobs win major KSC Test and Operations Support Contract
« Reply #7 on: 12/18/2012 01:16 PM »
I would imagine USA has nothing near the capabilities required anymore, in either manpower or equipment. Or I even wouldn't be surprised if USA isnt expected to exist much longer.

Do we have a count of how many are left?

Very few. They just let some more go a few weeks ago. I think more are going in jan or feb.
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Re: Jacobs win major KSC Test and Operations Support Contract
« Reply #8 on: 12/18/2012 02:03 PM »
USA was told not to bid on it by Boeing and LM
Interesting. What are the reasons why Boeing and LM told USA not to bid?

The shuttle is gone and reason for USA existing goes with it.  LM and Boeing don't need a joint venture to bid on other contracts.  They can bid on them individually. 

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Re: Jacobs win major KSC Test and Operations Support Contract
« Reply #9 on: 12/18/2012 02:04 PM »
I suppose this will also mean that the next time we see a crew ingress at Pad 39B (Orion and SLS), the closeout crew will have Jacobs on their backs, not USA?

Not really, they could have NASA, LM or somebody else.
« Last Edit: 12/18/2012 02:05 PM by Jim »

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Re: Jacobs win major KSC Test and Operations Support Contract
« Reply #10 on: 12/18/2012 02:38 PM »
I would imagine USA has nothing near the capabilities required anymore, in either manpower or equipment. Or I even wouldn't be surprised if USA isnt expected to exist much longer.

Do we have a count of how many are left?

Very few. They just let some more go a few weeks ago. I think more are going in jan or feb.

There is about 700 USA and 300 Boeing emplyees still at KSC.  The next USA layoff is on January 4th.

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Re: Jacobs win major KSC Test and Operations Support Contract
« Reply #11 on: 12/18/2012 02:41 PM »
USA was told not to bid on it by Boeing and LM
Interesting. What are the reasons why Boeing and LM told USA not to bid?

The shuttle is gone and reason for USA existing goes with it.  LM and Boeing don't need a joint venture to bid on other contracts.  They can bid on them individually. 
Yes, and apparantly they either did not bid individually or they lost the bid.

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Re: Jacobs win major KSC Test and Operations Support Contract
« Reply #13 on: 12/18/2012 09:44 PM »
http://space.brevardtimes.com/2012/12/united-space-alliance-sign-comes-down.html

Ughh.

I was really thrilled when I first saw that sign in person. Sad to see another chapter closing.

thanks for the link though.
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Re: Jacobs win major KSC Test and Operations Support Contract
« Reply #14 on: 12/28/2012 09:01 PM »
I would imagine USA has nothing near the capabilities required anymore, in either manpower or equipment. Or I even wouldn't be surprised if USA isnt expected to exist much longer.

Do we have a count of how many are left?

Very few. They just let some more go a few weeks ago. I think more are going in jan or feb.

There is about 700 USA and 300 Boeing emplyees still at KSC.  The next USA layoff is on January 4th.

I've heard that a bunch of Boeing people got layoff notices last week too, as part of the Jacobs win.  Maybe some, perhaps most, will shift to the Jacobs contract but I'm not sure.

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