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RDI & REI NASA Support Services

Both Rothe Development, Inc. (RDI) and Rothe Enterprises, Inc. (REI) have an extensive history of supporting NASA projects at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. Our relationship with JSC began in 1978 with a manufacturing contract for the Directorate of Engineering and has continued through today on other support contracts and subcontracts with major aerospace contractors supporting JSC.



Brief Chronology of Our NASA Support Contracts
Commercialization of NASA Excess Capacity


Central Shop Support Services (CSSS) Contract
Johnson Space Center - September 1978 through October 1997
(6 Consecutive Re-Awards)


Prime Contractor supporting the Technical Services Division (TSD) and, later, the Manufacturing, Materials, and Process Technology Division (MMPTD) of the Engineering Directorate in Buildings 9 and 10 on-site at JSC with manufacturing, metal finishing and coating, silk screening, and precision cleaning.


Manufacturing and Calibration Services (MACS) Contract
Johnson Space Center - November 1997 through May 2003

Prime Contractor supporting the Structural Engineering Division (ES) of the Directorate of Engineering in Buildings 9 and 10 (manufacturing), and Buildings 15 and 343 (calibration laboratories).

Rothe performed design engineering and drawing generation, machine programming, IT support, metal fabrication including machining, sheet metal and welding, electronics design and fabrication, soft goods fabrication, composites fabrication, painting and model shop support, metal finishing, pre-clean and clean room support, and in-house manufacturing quality inspection.

This contract involved significant product interrelationships with safety, reliability, and maintainability. Our scope on this Engineering Directorate contract included manufacturing all sorts of products (machining, sheet metal, and welding; flight and non-flight; metal, composite and soft goods; mechanical, electrical, and electromechanical; crit-1 and non-critical items), providing Engineering design and development support for various products (from hi-and-low-fidelity mockups to flight hardware), as well as all the Calibration and Metrology services to the entire JSC campus.

All associated support functions were also provided by Rothe, including accounting, shipping, receiving, inventory control, engraving, purchasing, planning and production control, administrative support, work control, quality, safety, facility management, reverse engineering, configuration control and checking. Daily interaction was required with NASA Quality Assurance and Quality Engineering, from requirements development, through manufacturing, assembly, and certification.

Commercialization of NASA Excess Capacity: From October 1999 through October 2002, we had a Space Act Agreement with the Directorate of Engineering and brought commercial work into both the manufacturing shops and the calibration laboratory.

During this period we performed 188 commercial jobs that yielded $103,596.00 in direct cash reimbursements to JSC and $445,381.00 in reimbursements to JSC via NASA Form 533 (i.e. salaries that NASA did not have to pay the contractor while NASA facilities were idle and had excess capacity.)

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Science, Engineering and Technology (SEAT) Contract
Johnson Space Center - June 2003 through January 2005

Subcontractor to Lockheed Martin Space Operations Company supporting the Structural Engineering Division of the Directorate of Engineering in Buildings 9 and 10 (manufacturing) and Buildings 15 and 343 (calibration laboratories). The work on this subcontract was identical to the work Rothe previously performed as a prime contractor on the Manufacturing and Calibration Services (MACS) which Rothe performed from 1 November 1997 to 31 May 2003 (see the brief description of the MACS contract, above).

On 1 June 2003, NASA terminated the MACS contract and the work was transitioned to the Lockheed Martin Science, Engineering and Technology (SEAT) contract, but continued to be performed by Rothe as a subcontractor under this Lockheed Martin subcontract. The Lockheed Martin SEAT prime contract was terminated 31 January 2005, and the new contract, entitled the Engineering Services Contract (ESC), was awarded to another team.

Commercialization of NASA Excess Capacity: From November 2002 to January 2005, Rothe and NASA extended the Space Act Agreement which began during the MACS contract period. During this period our commercial work performance is based on estimates derived from the monthly averages for which metrics are available (i.e. 135 commercial jobs, with $75,597.03 direct cash reimbursements to NASA, and $323,007.64 reimbursements to NASA via NASA Form 533).

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Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL)/Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF)/ Operations Contract I (NSOC I)
Johnson Space Center - April 2003 through March 2008
Extended through September 2010
Subcontractor to Raytheon Technical Services Company(RTSC)

Rothe provided resources and services to operate, maintain, and provided sustaining engineering for the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility and Building 920L, the Logistics and Mockup Facility at NASA, LBJ Space Center, Houston, TX. This contract involved an intense level of crew interaction, the varying fidelities of flight-related mockups, and the man-rated systems used in training crew members.

Rothe’s scope on this Mission Operations Directorate contract included design, drafting, manufacturing, training, hardware and facility preparation, mockup staging and coordination, shipping, receiving, logistics and inventory maintenance, and administrative support in the Sonny Carter Training Facility (both the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) and the Logistics & Mockup Facility (LMF, also known as the Light Manufacturing Facility), as well as the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF).

These functions are high-visibility, and therefore exacting to every detail. Safe job performance is key in maintaining crew health, and quality must meet or exceed requirements for effective training. Combined, all these factors add up to better mission assurance, as witnessed in the first return-to-flight mission, STS-114.


Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL)/Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF)/ Operations Contract II (NSOC II)
Johnson Space Center - October 2010 to September 2013
Plus Two Option Years Through September 2015
Subcontractor to Raytheon Technical Services Company (RTSC)

Rothe Development and Rothe Enterprises, Inc. (a Rothe Development, Inc. affiliate) provide personnel, resources and services to operate, maintain, and provide sustaining engineering for the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility and 920L, the Logistics and Mockup Facility at the JSC. This contract involves an intense level of crew interaction, the varying fidelities of flight-related mockups, and the man-rated systems used in training crew members.

Rothe’s scope on this Mission Operations Directorate contract includes design, drafting, manufacturing, training, hardware and facility preparation, mockup staging and coordination, shipping, receiving, logistics and inventory maintenance, and administrative support in the Sonny Carter Training Facility (both the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) and the Logistics & Mockup Facility (LMF, also known as the Light Manufacturing Facility), as well as the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF).

These functions are high-visibility, and therefore exacting to every detail. Safe job performance is key in maintaining crew health, and quality must meet or exceed requirements for effective training. Combined, all these factors add up to improved mission assurance.

Commercialization of NASA Excess Capacity: Team Raytheon has a Space Act Agreement with the Mission Operations Directorate and Rothe provides the External Customer Office (ECO) Manager for the contractually-required commercialization efforts associated with the NSOC II facilities.

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Cargo Mission Contract 1 (CMC 1)
Johnson Space Center - January 2004 through September 2011
Subcontractor to Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems/Space Operations

Under this subcontract, Rothe was committed to a long-term partnership with Lockheed Martin and NASA for the manufacture and/or repair of Flight Stowage Bags used on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. Rothe had a Controlled Work Area (CWA) at 920 Gemini Street, Houston, Texas exclusively dedicated to the manufacture and/or repair of Cargo Transfer Bags (CTBs) and M01, M02, and M03 bags related to the Cargo Mission Contract.

To this end, Rothe maintained certified technicians, the necessary manufacturing equipment, and necessary depot procedures, documentation and certifications which were periodically audited by NASA and/or Lockheed Martin. The subcontract has been modified in the past to manufacture incidental flight hardware (e.g. Heat Exchanger, Battery FSE & I/F Plate System, Stowage Hardware).

The Rothe CWA was certified by NASA as an authorized Depot/Manufacturing Facility for Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) and/or Shop Replaceable Units (Sours). The Rothe Facility and ORU certifications are documented in Annex 7 to SSP-50276, Revision A, Depot/Manufacturing Facility Certification Plan under the International Space Station Program, dated 31 May 2005.

Accreditations and Certifications are controlled by the Vehicle Control Board (VCB) in accordance with the ISS configuration Management Handbook, SSP 50123-01. Rothe also manufactured treadmill harnesses directly for NASA to be used by the astronauts on the International Space Station as well as other aerospace soft goods for the U.S. Navy and commercial aerospace companies (i.e.; Wyle Laboratories, Jacobs Technology, Zin Technology).


Cargo Mission Contract 2 (CMC 2)
Johnson Space Center - January 2011 to March 2014
Subcontractor to Lockheed Martin Engineering Services

Lockheed Martin was successful in winning CMC 2 after the first Cargo Mission Contract (now called CMC 1) ended. Lockheed Martin awarded REI a subcontract from 1 January 2011 to 31 March 2014.

There are four option periods which would extend the contract until 31 March 2018. REI has contract responsibilities for shipping/receiving, production planning and control, material control, and inventory management. Leidos, into which Lockheed Martin's services group was merged, will complete the CMC2 services tasks, and REI is proud to be a vital team member working towards the successful completion of this contract.


Calibration and Metrology Services I (CAMS I) Contract
Johnson Space Center - June 2006 through May 2011
Subcontractor to Rohmann Services, Inc. (RSI)

Rothe Development, Inc. (RDI), as a subcontractor to Rohmann Services, Inc., operated the Metrology Systems and Calibration Laboratories at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in buildings 15 and 343. RDI technicians provided electronic and physical calibration for over 22,000 items of test equipment annually.

Rothe work functions included configuration management, property management, facility operations and maintenance, IT, Safety and Health, Quality management, and calibration and repair.


Calibration and Metrology Services I (CAMS II) Contract
Johnson Space Center - June 2011 to May 2016
Subcontractor to Rohmann Services, Inc. (RSI)

Rothe Development, Inc. (RDI), as a subcontractor to Rohmann Services, Inc, operates the Metrology Systems and Calibration Laboratory in Building 343 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and provides electronic and physical calibration for over 18,000 items of test equipment annually.

Rothe work functions include configuration management, property management, facility operations and maintenance, IT, Safety and Health, Quality management, and calibration and repair.


RDI & REI Commercialization of NASA Excess Capacity


NASA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) subject (i.e. white space suit on bottom left of chain) with OceanWorks Atmospheric Dive System (ADS) pilot (i.e. on right of chain) on Technip System Integration Test (SIT). Safety Observer Diver with TV camera (i.e. top left of chain).
NASA retired the Space Shuttle. The Space Station assembly is complete and is now in sustainment mode. The NASA astronaut training facilities -- used during the recent-past cadence of frequent missions -- now have excess capacity and capability. Raytheon and its team mates have the contract to operate these facilities for the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Mission Operations Directorate (MOD), including commercializing that excess capacity by bringing in other users.

The Rothe companies, as subcontractors to Team Raytheon on the "Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL)/Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF) Operations Contract II (NSOC II)" at Johnson Space Center, provide management of the External Customer Office for Team Raytheon.
In this capacity, we find commercial businesses and arrange contracts that enable these businesses to utilize NASA facilities for training, testing of products and procedures, and manufacturing.

The following three facilities which Team Raytheon operates and maintains for NASA, have excess capacity for commercial operations:
The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL)

Neutral Buoyancy Facility (NBL) Pool

Neutral Buoyancy Facility (NBL) Pool
The NBL is a world-renowned underwater training facility, used to simulate zero gravity for space-walking astronauts. It's a 102' x 202' x 40' deep pool, filled with 6.2 million crystal clear gallons of fresh water. The facility has everything an offshore developer, trainer, or tester could want: overhead and jib cranes, control rooms, full underwater audio and video, high bays, locker rooms, conference rooms, class rooms, and more.

Its geographic location is perfect, with proximity to Houston's Energy Corridor, the Gulf of Mexico, the Houston Ship Channel, and local hotels, eateries, and entertainment. It even has direct access to Ellington Airfield, just out the back gate.

Click on the links below to see our capabilities to support commercial businesses at the NBL: The innerspace experts from the offshore petroleum industry are an obvious outreach target for these outerspace disciplines.

In an otherworldly exchange, Technip USA was able to work with OceanWorks, the Rothe Companies, and Team Raytheon to accomplish a first at NASA MOD's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL).

The photographs in this section depict the NBL facility as well as some examples of commercial projects currently being supported.

Also, view our ongoing business activities with the petroleum industry described in this article in the Houston Chronicle:

NASA Rents Out 200 Foot Long Pool to Oil Firm

Working with Technip, in the test control room at NBL, during an underwater Systems Integration Test (SIT)

Working with the OceanWorks Atmospheric Dive System (ADS)
Testing of Stone Aerospace’s (Austin, Texas) Autonomous Underwater Vehicle AUV in the NBL

NASA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) subject (i.e. white space suit on bottom left of chain) with OceanWorks Atmospheric Dive System (ADS) pilot (i.e. on right of chain) on Technip System Integration Test (SIT). Safety Observer Diver with TV camera (i.e. top left of chain).


OceanWorks Atmospheric Dive System (ADS) pilot using an Alternating Current Frequency Modulation (ACFM) inspection tool, with a Rothe and Team Raytheon-developed jig, in an offshore inspection task System Integration Test (SIT)

Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET)
for Gulf of Mexico oil rig platform workers

NBL Hyperbaric Chamber
 

The Light Manufacturing Facility (LMF)
Also known as the Logistics & Mockup Facility
The LMF features a number of fabrication shops equipped with CNC metal cutting machines, welding equipment, soft goods manufacturing equipment, woodworking and sheet metal shops. These facilities are available for supporting commercial fabrication projects that require precision parts with high quality standards.

Many of our commercial customers that use the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory also rely on special parts and fixtures to be fabricated on short notice by LMF shops at competitive prices.

NASA/SCTF Building 920L is the Logistics and Mockup Facility (LMF), which provides for the Sonny Carter Training Facility (SCTF). Equipment is located in the high-bay portion of the facility. Various functions performed are:
  1. Mockup Fabrication and Repair
  2. Plastics Fabrication
  3. Welding
  4. R&D Laboratory
  5. Sewing
  6. General Woodworking
Equipment
  1. 10-Ton Bridge Crane
  2. Forklift
  3. Man-lift
  4. Metal Working Machines (CNC Metal Milling/Lathing and Sheet Metal Fabrication)
  5. Heavy Duty Sewing Machines
  6. Welding
Logistics & Mockup Facility
Johnson Space Center
13000 Space Center Blvd
Houston, Texas

South End

North End

Sheet Metal Shop

Wood Shop

Weld Shop

Sewing Shop

Raw Material
Storage


Welding Equipment
Metal Forming Machines






HAAS SL-30 CNC Lathe
The Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF)

Rothe and Team Raytheon are supporting NASA in developing external customer use of the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF). Currently, we are pursuing commercial space organizations with existing contractual relationships with NASA, under existing NSOC 2 contract requirements.

We are also developing leadership and crisis management training concepts for these facilities. Click on the below link to see the NASA facilities available for commercial use:

Space Vehicle Mockup Facility



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