NASA News: NASA Awards Administrative, Media, Professional Services Contract

WASHINGTON -- NASA on February 29th announced the selection of GenTech Partners
Joint Venture, of Hampton, Va., to provide Langley Research Center's
administrative, media and professional services (LAMPS).

GenTech Partners Joint Venture, of Genex Systems LLC and ManTech SRS
Technologies, is a Small Business Administration 8(a)-certified small
disadvantaged business.

The LAMPS contract was awarded after a competitive selection. It will
provide professional support services, media services and
administrative support services to various organizations, programs
and projects throughout the center.

These services include, but are
not limited to: financial/resource program analysis; procurement;
technical editing; public affairs; education; library; interpreter;
proposal development; media services; and secretarial, administrative
and event coordination services.

The contract performance period is five years and cannot exceed a
total value of $94 million.

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NASA Seeking University Participants for Summer Rocket Workshop

WASHINGTON -- University faculty and students are invited to join a
weeklong workshop June 16-21 to learn how to build and launch a
scientific experiment to space. Registration is open through May 1.

RockOn! 2012 will be held at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the
Eastern Shore of Virginia. The annual workshop is held in partnership
with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia.

"This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to learn how
to build an experiment for space flight," said Phil Eberspeaker,
chief of the sounding rocket program office at Wallops. "The hope is
this experience will encourage them to participate in more ambitious
payload programs, including someday building instruments for orbital
spacecraft and beyond."

During the program, participants will work together to build
experiment payloads for a NASA Terrier-Orion sounding rocket
predicted to fly to an altitude of 73 miles. The flight will take
place June 21, the last day of the workshop, weather permitting.

"During the week, the participants will gain an understanding of what
it takes to build a basic scientific payload," said Chris Koehler,
director of the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. "Through hands-on
learning, they will learn how to develop circuit boards, program
flight code and work together as a cohesive team."

Since the annual workshop began in 2008, 150 students and instructors
have participated. It has been a successful program, with all
experiments completed on time, launched and recovered. In addition,
48 of the 50 payloads have worked as intended.

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