issThe latest EITD contract is one of many the group has entered during its long history of working with NASA. In 2016, EITD won two NASA Group Awards for projects related to the ISS.The UAB Engineering and Innovative Technology Development (EITD) research group was recently announced as a partner in a $500-million contract issued from NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) Program Office.

The Research, Engineering, and Mission Integration (REMIS) contract was awarded to Teledyne Brown Engineering (TBE) with EITD listed as a partner on the project. “This is similar to some other contracts we’ve had in that NASA will issue task order requests, and we will submit proposals for the tasks that fit our areas of expertise,” said Lee Moradi, EITD director and professor of mechanical engineering. “The funding that comes to UAB will depend on which jobs our team is included on over the length of the contract, which is five years with a two-year option.”

REMIS is an IDIQ (Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity) contract and has a total of 16 contractors competing on the upcoming delivery orders.

While EITD is just one part of a larger team included in the contract, the likelihood that projects will come to UAB is high. EITD already has several contracts for ISS-related projects, including design and maintenance of a series of transportable freezer units, design of a permanent orbiting set of freezer units, and development of technology for rapid-freezing of scientific samples in orbit.

According to the contract announcement from TBE, “The number of experiments on the ISS is expected to grow considerably with a commercial approach enabled by this contract, to assist NASA in achieving its mission more quickly and affordably.”

Items that might fit EITD’s expertise include the following contract line items (CLINs):

  • Science hardware development, integration and operations, Mission Integrations and Operations (MI&O) for payloads (rack, subrack, and stand-alone), science integration, payload processing (pre-launch and post-landing), new Experiment Unique Equipment (EUE) development, research facility upgrades, science validation testing, post-flight operations, sample recovery and hardware refurbishment.
  • Parts Purchase FFP: Build to Print, Build to Specification parts, assemblies, or replacement hardware.
  • Engineering Cost Plus Fixed Fee:  New hardware/software not tightly coupled to vehicle core systems, hardware integration and test, science sample integration, sustaining engineering, engineering analysis, model development, prototype development, trade studies, special studies, and testing services, exploration technology demonstration, and ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) tools and non-suit items.