HOUSTON — Oceaneering International Inc.’s space systems unit has been awarded a contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop a new space suit for solar system exploration.
The Houston engineering company, which specializes in deep sea diving suits, and its team bid for the Constellation Space Suit System contract last December after previously winning and losing a NASA space suit contract back in August.
The space suit system is a key component of the Extravehicular Activity System for NASA’s Space Exploration program, according to Oceaneering (NYSE: OII). It will be used to sustain presence in low Earth orbit, help establish an outpost on the moon and lay the foundation for further exploration.
Oceaneering will begin work immediately even though the contract, valued at $180 million, hasn’t been finalized.
The company expects contract terms to be for six years and include options to build additional Configuration 1 suits; provide ongoing CSSS-related operational and training support; and design and build the CSSS Configuration 2 suit, which will be used for activities on the lunar surface. If the options are added, it will push the contract period through 2020.
Working with Oceaneering will be Houston-based United Space Alliance LLC; Worcester, Mass.-based David Clark Co. Inc. and its subsidiary Milford, Conn.-based Air-Lock Inc.; Melbourne, Fla.-based Harris Corp., Houston-based Cimarron Software Services Inc., Tucson, Ariz.-based Paragon Space Development Corp.; Hartford, Conn.-based Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., and Frederica, Del.-based ILC Dover LP.