Teledyne Technologies Inc. (Los Angeles) announced that Teledyne Energy Systems Inc. has been awarded a $4.0 million ($1.0 million base, $3.0 million option), multi-year contract by NASA Glenn Research Center to develop an advanced proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell power plant for NASA's second-generation reusable launch vehicle, which is expected to replace the existing Space Shuttle fleet.
The contract includes two phases. In phase one, valued at approximately $1.0 million and lasting 17 months, Teledyne will deliver a complete bread-board power plant that demonstrates the expected power and system architecture for the hydrogen and oxygen PEM fuel cell power system. The optional phase two, valued at $3.0 million and lasting 22 months, will involve the design, development and construction of a full-size 20kW engineering model power plant.
"The NASA award accesses two key aspects of Teledyne Energy Systems' business – high reliability space power systems and PEM fuel cells – combining them into a single, focused program," said Robert Mehrabian, chairman, president and CEO of Teledyne Technologies. "We will continue to look for programs and markets that couple our broad experience base with near-term commercial opportunities."