Wyle wins its biggest contract ever

Nearly $2B NASA award builds on health, science work

Wyle has won a whopper of a recompete, capturing a 10-year, $1.76 billion prize at NASA to support human space flight missions.

The contract, called the Human Health and Performance Contract, is a follow-on to a pact that was worth about $971 million to the company, a spokesman said.

Under the new contract, Wyle will support the International Space Station, Orion, commercial space initiatives and exploration human systems development. The contract will focus on crew and occupational health care, medical operations and informatics, biomedical and physiological research, space flight habitability and environmental health, development and integration of flight hardware and the integration of flight experiments.

Some of the work the company has done includes development of the Colbert Treadmill, a special treadmill that allows astronauts to run without the vibrations disrupting the space stations stability, the spokesman said. The treadmill is named after Stephen Colbert, the comedian behind the satirical news show, the Colbert Report.

Wyle also works on all medical and health equipment that is launched into space, and conducts health monitoring of astronauts before, during and after missions

The contract is the biggest in the company’s history, the spokesman said.

The company is leading a team of 10 subcontractors that incudes Lockheed Martin, Barrios Technology, CSC-Dynamac, Eagle Applied Sciences, Enterprise Advisory Services, Geocontrols Systems, JES Tech, MEI Technologies, University of Houston, and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

The majority of the work will be conducted at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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