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TMC Technologies wins contract to support NASA's IV&V Program
by Staff Writers
Fairmont WV (SPX) Jun 03, 2021


TMC Technologies of West Virginia, a leading-edge technology services firm, is proud to announce it has been awarded a five-year, Blanket Purchase Agreement, with a ceiling value of $24 million, by NASA to provide advanced systems and software engineering services in support of the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility, home of NASA's IV&V Program in Fairmont, West Virginia.

TMC President and Chief Executive Officer Wade Linger said the new NASA System and Software Engineering Tools 2 (SET2) BPA continues his firm's decade-long relationship with NASA's IV&V Program.

"We're honored NASA remains confident in our leading-edge technology offerings," Linger said. "We hope to expand our team who are providing specialized systems and software engineering services in support of the Software Assurance Tools and John McBride Software Testing and Research groups within the NASA IV&V Program."

Jon McBride Software Testing and Research (JSTAR) is a subgroup within the NASA IV&V Program, named after West Virginia-born and retired astronaut Jon McBride. JSTAR programs TMC will continue to support are the Simulation-to-Flight-1 SmallSat, also known as West Virginia's First Spacecraft, the NASA Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) mission directorate to put humans in space, James Webb Space Telescope, and others.

Vice President Randy Hefner oversees all NASA-related activity for TMC. He said the new, expanded NASA SET2 BPA would include expanded support for the NASA Artemis manned missions to the Moon.

"Our team is at the cutting-edge developing NASA's first integrated simulation software bringing together three critical components of the NASA Artemis program," Hefner said, referring to the TMC-led team developing the Advanced Risk Reduction Integrated Software Test and Operations Tri-Program Lightweight Environment (ARRISTOTLE) system.

The systems ARRISTOTLE is bringing together include the NASA Space Launch System simulator, the simulator for NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, and the NASA Kennedy Space Center's Ground Launch Software simulator.

Hefner said the NASA SET2 BPA is a follow-on contract to the NASA Technical Expertise Support Services (TESS), and NASA SET1 BPAs TMC held for much of the last ten years.

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