Friday, January 18, 2019

Relativity gets launch pad

Relativity Space, a three-year-old start-up that aims to build rockets using 3D printers, announced a contract Thursday with the Air Force to build and operate a launch facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The five-year “multi-user” agreement means Relativity can begin operating out of Launch Complex 16 (LC-16), the historic location built in the 1950s and site of hundreds of American space launches. There is no monetary exchange or lease payment to the Air Force. The agreement includes an option to extend for an exclusive 20-year term. It's the fourth privte company to have an orbital launch site at Cape Canaveral. The others are SpaceX, United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin. Reltivity CEO Tim Ellis estimates the launch facilities represent more than $10 million worth of existing infrastructure. Relativity has built one of the world’s largest 3-D printers, called Stargate, and has developed its own rocket engine, Aeon 1. Relativity has a 20-year leasing agreement with NASA’s Stennis Space Center (SSC), Miss., to test fire its rocket engines. The contract gives Relativity access to four robust testing chambers at SSC. Relativity, headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., is looking for more space in L.A. It has grown from 14 employees a year ago to 60. (Source: CNBC, 01/17/19) Previous

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

General officer announcements

Marine Corps Reserve Col. Leonard F. Anderson IV has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Anderson is currently serving as the assistant wing commander, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve, New Orleans, La. The nomination was among multiple nominations announced today by Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan. (Source: DoD, 01/16/19)

Ground broken for A220 plant

MOBILE, Ala. - Fireworks were set off Wednesday morning after the ceremonial groundbreaking for the $300 million A220 final assembly line at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. About 700 people were on hand for the invitation-only event north of the current A320 assembly line. Work is already underway on the site that will eventually produce four A220 passenger jets every month. The first delivery is expected in 2020. Dignitaries on hand for the event included Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Airbus CEO Tom Enders. The A220 is the smallest member of the Airbus line of passenger jets and is the former Bombardier CSeries. Airbus took over majority interest in the program under an Airbus/Bombardier partnership. Airbus is already seeking workers for the new assembly line, and is also expanding its A320 workforce. In total, the company expects to hire some 600 new employees over the next 18 months. (Source: GCRL, 01/16/19) Previous: Airbus posts first jobs for A220 line; A220 incentives detailed; Two airlines order A220s; Airbus Mobile delivers 100th jetliner

VPS getting new air service

Allegiant Air announced the debut of non-stop service from the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) to Omaha's Eppley Airfield (OMA) and Tulsa International Airport (TUL) beginning June 6, 2019. Tracy Stage, Okaloosa County Airport Director, said the new services brings the airport's total of non-stop destinations to 30. Tickets are on sale now. (Source: Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, 01/15/19)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Contract: Lockheed, $68.9M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $68,933,454 for cost-plus-incentive fee delivery order 0104 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020). This order provides for the design, development, documentation, integration, and test of upgrades to the U.S. Reprogramming Laboratory to execute the Mission Data (MD) programming and reprogramming mission for the F-35 Digital Channelized Receiver/Technique Generator and Tuner Insertion Program (DTIP) and non-DTIP configurations. These efforts are in support of Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps operational aircraft, as well as all training aircraft within the continental U.S. with MD products. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (65 percent); Baltimore, Md. (25 percent); and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in May 2021. Fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation (Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps) funding in the amount of $20,000,000 will be obligated at time of award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Air Force ($34,466,727; 50 percent); Navy ($17,233,364; 25 percent), and the Marine Corps ($17,233,363; 25 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/15/19)

Contract: C4 Planning, $45.5M

C4 Planning Solutions, Blythe, Ga., is awarded a maximum ceiling $45,488,761 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a five-year ordering period and option to extend services up to six months for tactical systems support and professional engineering services for the Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity. This contract contains an option, which if exercised, will bring the contract value to $49,999,196. Work will be performed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (41 percent); Okinawa, Japan (15 percent); Camp Lejeune, N.C. (four percent); Norfolk, Va. (four percent); Alexandria, Va. (four percent); Quantico, Va. (four percent); New Orleans, La. (two percent); and additional various locations outside the continental U.S. (26 percent), and work is expected to be completed by March 6, 2024. If the option is exercised, work will continue through Sept. 6, 2024. Fiscal 2017 (Marine Corps) operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $515,910; and fiscal 2019 (Marine Corps) operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $146,903 will be obligated under the initial task order immediately following contract award. Although expired, the fiscal 2017 contract funds in the amount of $515,910 are available for this effort in accordance with 31 U.S. Code 1558. The contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with two offers received. The Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, is the contract activity (M68909-19-D-7605). (Source: DoD, 01/15/19)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Shutdown impacting SLS

The government shutdown is impacting NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Qualification testing on the SLS’s intertank and hydrogen tank has stopped at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. “The intertank was undergoing testing when the government shut down, so that’s been interrupted,” according to John Shannon, the SLS program manager at Boeing. It also means testing can’t even begin on the hydrogen tank, which arrived at Marshall last week. The testing to ensure rocket components can withstand harsh launch conditions has already been completed for the engine. The furlough also means NASA and Boeing employees have halted modifications to the stand at Stennis Space Center, Miss., that will hold the rocket during a test-fire of all four engines. “That test stand is owned by NASA,” said Shannon, who worked for space agency for 25 years before joining Boeing in 2015. “[So] that work has come to a halt during the shutdown.” Boeing thinks it will be able to catch up and deliver the first completed rocket to NASA as planned in the late fall. (Source: Polico Space, 01/14/19)

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Contract: Raytheon, $21M

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been awarded a $21,000,000 modification (P00004) to the ceiling amount of the previously-awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA8675-15-D-0135) for advanced medium range air-to-air missile system improvement program software architecture and design risk reduction efforts to counter evolving threats. This modification provides an increase in the maximum ordering amount of the contract, from $50,000,000 to $71,000,000, to facilitate new task orders. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona. All orders under this contract will be placed on or before Sept. 30, 2019 with a period of performance not to exceed Sept. 30, 2022. No additional funds are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 01/10/19)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Airbus posts first jobs for A220 line

MOBILE, Ala. - Airbus is seeking its first candidates to fill manufacturing positions for its newest assembly line in Mobile. The positions are the first wave of production jobs announced for the company’s A220 aircraft assembly line. The open positions include aircraft structure/installation mechanics, installers for aircraft cabin furnishings and aircraft electricians. Successful candidates for all positions will participate in several weeks of training at AIDT in a combination of classroom and on-the-job training. Some candidates will also have the opportunity for on-the-job training with the company’s manufacturing team in Mirabel, Canada before returning to Mobile. Production on the first aircraft begins in Q3 2019. In addition to the positions for the new A220 production facility, Airbus is also hiring for similar production positions in its current A320 production facility. In total, the company expects to hire approximately 600 new employees over the next 18 months.For a full job description of all the positions and to apply, go to airbususmanufacturing.applicantpro.com/jobs. (Source: Airbus, 01/09/19)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A220 incentives detailed

MOBILE, Ala. - Details are emerging on incentives that will be offered to Airbus as it builds a new A220 passenger jet assembly line, including $4 million in cash from the city and an equal amount from Mobile County. That $8 million, plus tax abatements and fee waivers, is spelled out in a project agreement on Tuesday's Mobile City Council agenda. While the council will have the option of immediate action, normal procedure will be for it to lay the measure over for a week's consideration before voting. Meanwhile, a county spokesperson confirmed the Mobile County Commission will consider its approval of the measure this Thursday for a presumed vote at its regular meeting on Jan. 14. The cost of the project is $210 million and the new line will employ more than 400 workers. Airbus already builds A320 jetliners at the Mobile Aeroplex and will begin construction on the A220 line this month. (Source: al.com, 01/07/19) Previous

Friday, January 4, 2019

Two airlines order A220s

Two airlines have ordered a total of 120 of the A220 passenger jets that will be made at a still-to-be-built assembly line in Mobile, Ala. JetBlue, which received the first A321 assembled in Mobile, has confirmed an ordered for 60 A220-300 aircraft that will be produced in Mobile, according to Airbus. Also, a low-cost carrier code-named Moxy Airlines, also has confirmed an ordered for 60 A220-300 aircraft, according to Airbus. The A220, previously called the CSeries, is being produced in a partnership between Airbus and Canadian manufacturer Bombardier in a deal reached last year. Construction of a new final assembly line to assemble the A220 aircraft will begin later this month at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, according to Airbus. The first plane is expected to be delivered in 2020. (Sources: Airbus (release 1, release 2) WKRG, WPMI, WALA, 01/03/18) Previous

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Contract: Risk Mitigation, $95M

Risk Mitigation Consulting Inc., Destin, Fla., is awarded a maximum amount $95,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for mission assurance assessments of installation/facilities infrastructure and facility-related control systems for the Department of the Navy. The work includes, but is not limited to the collection and evaluation of data concerning the criticality of facilities, utilities, industrial control systems, and supporting infrastructure based on mission impacts, probable threats and hazards, and degrees of vulnerability to determine the overall risk posture of the asset. Work will be performed at various Navy and Marine Corps installations at various locations within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic area of responsibility, both inside and outside the continentalU.S., including, but not limited to, California (24.6 percent); Virginia (13.0 percent); Florida (10.1 percent); Maryland (7.2 percent); Washington (5.8 percent); Hawaii (4.3 percent); Texas (4.3 percent); South Carolina (4.3 percent); Washington, District of Columbia (2.9 percent); North Carolina (2.9 percent); Mississippi (2.9 percent); Georgia (2.9 percent); Tennessee (1.5 percent); Rhode Island (1.5 percent); Pennsylvania (1.5 percent); New York (1.5 percent); New Jersey (1.5 percent); Louisiana (1.5 percent); Indiana (1.5 percent); Illinois (1.5 percent); Connecticut (1.4 percent); and Arizona (1.4 percent). The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of January 1, 2024. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Navy) funds in the amount of $10,000 are obligated on this award, and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Future task orders will be primarily funded by operations and maintenance (Navy and Marine Corps). This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website and Federal Business Opportunities website, with six proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N62470-19-D-2002). (Source: DoD, 01/02/19)

Friday, December 28, 2018

Pensacola moving ahead on hangar

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The city is moving ahead with the design of the next hangar of the ST Engineering campus, although full funding for the four-year project is still pending, according to Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson. Lining up the remaining funding for the $210 million project to expand ST Engineering's maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the Pensacola International Airport is the top priority of Robinson's administration since taking office a month ago. The expanded facility is expected to bring in an additional 1,325 jobs and will consist of three additional hangars similar to the one that opened in June. Robinson said at his weekly press conference Monday that the city would begin design of the first new hangar known as Hangar 2. (Source: Pensacola News Journal, 12/28/18)

Contract: UTC, $230.1M

United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is awarded a $230,144,942 cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-firm contract. This contract provides for testing support for the F-35 Lightning II Propulsion System Block 4 Flight Test Program for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and the non-U.S. Department of Defense (non-U.S. DoD) participants. Support to be provided includes technical engineering, flight test support, special tooling and test equipment, flight test spare and repair parts. Work will be performed at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Md. (35 percent); and Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (33 percent); and in East Hartford (32 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2023. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy and Marine Corps) funds in the amount of $20,000,000 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). This contract combines purchase for the Navy ($45,760,870; 20 percent); Marine Corps ($45,760,870; 20 percent); Air Force ($91,521,740; 40 percent); and the non-U.S. DoD participants ($47,101,463; 20 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-0007). (Source: DoD, 12/28/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Contract: Boeing, $75M

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is awarded a not-to-exceed $75,000,000 for undefinitized, fixed-price-incentive-firm-target modification P00002 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-18-C-1046). This modification provides for non-recurring engineering in support of the incorporation of the initial Block III capability for the production of F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft. Work will be performed in St. Louis (62 percent); El Segundo, Calif. (33 percent); Mesa, Ariz. (3 percent) and Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. (2 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2021. Fiscal 2018 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $35,000,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/28/18)

Contract: Boeing, $11.3M

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., has been awarded an $11,256,951 modification (FA8681-14-D-0028-001709) to contract FA8681-14-D-0028-0017 for high rate compact telemetry units (HCTMs) and long laser wire harnesses. This modification provides for the exercise of options for an additional quantity of 269 encrypted HCTMs, 30 unencrypted HCTMs, and 50 long laser wire harnesses being produced under the delivery order. Work will be performed in St. Louis and is expected to be completed by November 2020. Fiscal 2017 special defense acquisition funds; fiscal 2011 foreign military sales funds; fiscal 2018 research, development, test and evaluation funds; and fiscal 2018 other procurement funds are funding the contract. This modification involves foreign military sales to the Kingdom of Bahrain. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $33,578,408. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contract activity. (Awarded Dec. 18, 2018) (Source: DoD, 12/28/18)

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Contract: Lockheed, $712.5M

Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded $712,482,210 for cost-plus-incentive fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order N0001919F2474 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0020) for the development of advanced hardware in support of the F-35 Lightning II Technology Refresh 3 (TR3) System. Efforts include the design of the TR3 System through full flightworthy certification, production readiness review, and fleet release to support low-rate initial production Lot 15 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth and is expected to be completed in March 2023. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy and Marine Corps); and non-U.S. Department of Defense participant (non-U.S. DoD) funding in the amount of $207,144,167 will be obligated at time of award, $13,000,000 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This delivery order combines purchases for the Marine Corps ($27,046,506; 32 percent); Navy ($24,500,000; 29 percent); and non-U.S. DoD participants ($32,506,142; 39 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/27/18) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Contract: Boeing, $14.4M

The Boeing Co., Oklahoma City, Okla., has been awarded an estimated amount of $14,446,683, Option Three modification (P00013) to contract FA8105-16-D-0002 for KC-135 engineering services for sustainment. The contract modification provides for recurring engineering services for sustainment of the KC-135 aircraft. Work will be performed in Oklahoma City; San Antonio, Texas; Huntsville, Ala.; and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2019. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance funds are being obligated at the time of award. Total cumulative face value of the contract is estimated $70,901,530. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is the contracting activity. Contract was awarded Dec. 20, 2018. (Source: DoD, 12/21/18)

Contract: BAE, $12.4M

BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services Inc., Rockville, Md., has been awarded a $12,392,102 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification (P00002) to contract FA8109-18-D-0005 to exercise Option One. The contract modification extends the contract term for an additional 12 months in order to continue providing diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages (DMSMS) support for Air Force and non-Air Force users supporting the Air Force, to proactively reduce mission capability impacts to improve logistics support and weapon system sustainability. This effort will help assure all required parts and materials supporting Air Force-managed weapon systems are available within acceptable production lead times and will reduce the overall cost of ownership of the weapon systems by facilitating economical DMSMS resolutions costs, reducing the number of reactive solutions, minimizing any delays in organic depot-level repair, as well as contractor repair, and by improving weapon system availability. Work will be performed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Robins Air Force Base, Ga.; and Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., with some work performed at Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The work is expected to be completed by June 20, 2021. Fiscal 2019 and 2020 consolidated sustainment activity group engineering funds will be obligated on any individual task orders issued during the option one performance period. Total cumulative face value of the contract is $24,778,204. Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker Air Force Base, is the contracting activity. (Source: DoD, 12/21/18)

Contract: Boeing, $76.6M

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $76,581,676 not-to-exceed firm-fixed-price contract for the design, fabrication, installation, test and delivery of two F/A-18E Tactical Operational Flight trainers and two F/A-18E low cost trainers for the government of Kuwait under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Work will be performed in St. Louis (50 percent); New Orleans, La. (30 percent); and Kuwait City, Kuwait (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in February 2022. FMS funds in the amount of $20,490,233 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity (N6134019C0005). (Source: DoD, 12/21/18)