V2X Awarded $265 Million Contract to Support NASA Astronauts

The contract takes place ahead of the Artemis 2 launch.

Artemis 1 Moon Rocket on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.
Artemis 1 Moon Rocket on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral.

MCLEAN, Va. -- V2X has been awarded a $265 million contract to maintain safe operations at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, specifically at the Sonny Carter Training Facility, where astronauts receive crucial training to prepare for human spaceflight missions. V2X will deliver technical support to ensure the reliability of the integrated hardware and software systems utilized at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL). The contract's period of performance extends until 2033, including option periods.

The NBL will serve as a training ground for NASA's upcoming Artemis 2 mission, scheduled to launch in September 2025. The Artemis 2 missions will include the historic journey of the first woman and person of color to visit the moon, marking humanity's return to the lunar surface after more than fifty years. The crew will land near the moon's south pole, a region characterized by immense craters, extreme temperatures, and areas of permanent darkness, thus requiring extensive and meticulous preparation.

At the NBL astronauts rehearse recovery missions, which are vital for the final stage of spaceflight when the crew's capsule returns to Earth and splashes down into the ocean. Additionally, the laboratory houses a replica of the International Space Station, where astronauts practice working in microgravity, simulating the reduced gravity experienced in space. Recently, NASA and V2X have upgraded the NBL by converting a section into a realistic model of the moon's surface.

As a critical asset for NASA, the NBL operates continuously to support the dynamic demands of human spaceflight. For over 30 years, it has been instrumental in training astronauts for space exploration, providing a realistic environment for practicing spacewalks and recovery missions.

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