Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hamilton, Partner To Submit New Spacesuit

HARTFORD — - Exploration Systems & Technology, a joint venture between Hamilton Sundstrand and ILC Dover that lost out on its bid for NASA's next-generation space suit, said Thursday that it will submit a new proposal.

The two companies, which have supplied space suits and components since the 1960s, said they are waiting for formal direction from NASA on criteria for the rebidding.

Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of Hartford-based United Technologies Corp.

NASA last week terminated its contract with Houston-based Oceaneering International Inc., which was selected in June. NASA told the U.S. Government Accountability Office that the space agency had to re-examine the cost proposals of the two bidders and asked that protests by Exploration Systems & Technology be dismissed.

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