Military Embedded Systems

Propulsion and communications aerospace research contracts awarded by NASA


July 29, 2015

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

CLEVELAND. NASA chose 13 aerospace companies to deliver advanced propulsion and communications system technologies under ongoing long-term aerospace research activities at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

The contract winners will develop, demonstrate, and verify various advanced technologies aimed at solving challenges in structures and materials, communications, power, propulsion and communications systems for space missions and vehicles, and propulsion systems for aeronautics vehicles.

Included in those challenges are instrumentation, sensors, controls and intelligent systems; electric propulsion, rocket-based, combined cycle propulsion systems; communication components and subsystem development; disruptive tolerant networking; flight and ground communication terminals; high power density engine turbomachinery; advanced combustors and alternative fuels; low noise propulsion; variable, combined and hybrid engine systems; and engine icing.

The selected companies are:

GE Aviation in Cincinnati
United Technologies Corp. in East Hartford, Connecticut
Rolls-Royce North American Technologies, Inc. in Indianapolis
Williams International in Walled Lake, Michigan
Aerojet Rocketdyne of DE, Inc. in Canoga Park, California
Orbital Technologies Corp. in Madison, Wisconsin
Boeing in St. Louis
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. in Redondo Beach, California
Alliant Techsystems Operations LLC in Elkton, Maryland
Sierra Lobo, Inc. in Fremont, Ohio
General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Arizona
John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland
MTI Systems, Inc. in Greenbelt, Maryland

Each of the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts provide for fixed price, cost share and cost reimbursement competitive tasks with a cumulative maximum value of $190 million during the next five years. Each contract will have a minimum value of $30,000.

For more information about NASA’s Glenn Research Center, visit


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