NASA has awarded its LITES II (Langley Research Center Information Technology Enhanced Services) Contract to SAIC as the prime contractor. Metis is a subcontractor to SAIC on this firm fixed price, ID/IQ (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) contract that runs from November 1, 2015 to October 1, 2020 and has a total value of 200 million dollars. The work takes place at Langley and will support other NASA Centers, Industry and Government partners.
Metis contract scope includes aeronautics modeling and simulation, as well as systems administration and subject matter expert support for Langley business systems applications. The Airspace and Traffic Operations, (ATOS) and the Air Traffic Operations Lab (ATOL) comprise much of our LITES contract scope. Combined these two are a simulation facility where NASA evaluates new air traffic management (ATM) concepts, maintaining appropriate levels of compatibility with real world avionics system architectures and emerging National Airspace System (NAS) infrastructure. The simulation environment is called the Airspace and Traffic Operations Simulation. It includes of over 20 computer workstations used as pilot stations flown by real pilots who interact with each other in a simulated airspace environment in various configurations and air traffic scenarios with hundreds of additional automated aircraft. The lab supports pseudo-pilot (multi aircraft) control and remotely piloted and non- piloted aircraft operations. ATOS also connects to high fidelity flight deck simulators as part of the traffic environment. The ATOL has the capability to connect with the Ames Aircraft Operations Laboratory and run simulations in real time with both facilities participating. Pilot, controller, and Unmanned Ariel Vehicle functionality and testing are now possible with the help of the ATOS and ATOL at NASA Langley.
Metis is extremely proud that we are part of this contract and welcome all of those on the LITES II contract to the Metis family.