July 3, 2007
Johnson Space Center, Houston
CONTRACT RELEASE: C07-028
NASA AWARDS CONTRACT FOR SPACE STATION HARDWARE
HOUSTON - NASA has signed a $46 million fixed price basic contract
with S. P. Korolev Rocket and Space Public Corporation, also known as
RSC Energia, in Korolev, Russia, for various hardware items and their
integration into the International Space Station.
The basic contract includes $19 million to purchase a Russian-
designed toilet system with a privacy enclosure and additional space station
equipment. The additional equipment includes a spare depress air pump
used to conserve air when the crew exits the Quest airlock for a
spacewalk; technical and engineering support for the mechanism that
allows shuttles to dock with the station; software updates for the
station’s inventory management system; and certification of
additional computer hardware for use on the station.
The toilet system, similar to the one already in use in the station’s
Zvezda Service Module, is needed for the planned expansion from three
to six crew members in 2009. The system will be able to automatically
transfer urine to a U.S. device that can generate potable water.
The contract runs through December 2011 and includes funds to procure
equipment necessary for routine maintenance.
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