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By Mary Alys Cherry

NASA extends contract at JSC

NASA is extending its contract with DB Consulting Group, Inc., in Silver Spring, Md., to provide information technology, multimedia, information management and external relations support services at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The extension to the Information Technology and Multimedia Services contract is valued at $50.5 million – increasing the contract to $201.4 million from $150.9 million.

The services provided are primarily under the management of Johnson’s Information Resources Directorate, with participation by the Office of External Relations. The services include: operation and maintenance of primary information technology services; graphics; library management; imagery acquisition, processing and cataloguing; television systems support for human spaceflight missions; public affairs services; and education program support.

Sotheby’s buys Martha Turner

Sotheby’s International Realty Inc. is acquiring the real estate brokerage firm, Martha Turner Properties, which operates six offices – including one in the Bay Area — staffed by more than 220 associates.

Founder Martha Turner and her business partner Tom Anderson will continue to lead the Houston operations of Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty as co-presidents of the company.

Martha Turner Properties had the third-highest sales volume among real estate brokerages in the Houston area in 2012 — nearly $1.6 billion, according to Real Trends. Last year, the firm had its best year ever, closing more than $2 billion in sales in the booming market. Real Trends ranked Martha Turner Properties as the eighth-most productive U.S. brokerage in 2012 based on closed sales volume per agent, with an average of more than $7 million per agent.

Four receive Silver Snoopys

Barrios Technology, the prime contractor on the International Space Station Mission Assurance and Program Integration contract, recently had three employees presented NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy in recognition of their support of NASA’s space program at Johnson Space Center.

Barrios Technology employee Nate Neal, along with Stefany Bartz, ARES employee; and Andrew Sanders, Booz Allen Hamilton employee; all received the coveted astronaut’s personal award for safety and mission assurance.

SAIC’s Larry Sikes also has been selected as a recipient of NASA’s Silver Snoopy award by the NASA Astronaut Corps.

Sikes, SAIC receiving, inspection and test facility section manager, was presented with his award by U.S. Astronauts Randy Bresnick and Stan Love for “his technical expertise and leadership in implementing programs to assure quality testing and products for the W. David Beverly Receiving, Inspection and Test Facility.

This award is presented to individuals within NASA and the aerospace industry for outstanding contributions to mission safety and success.

Tietronix wins NASA contract

NASA has awarded its Advanced Technology and Integration contract to Tietronix Software Inc. of Webster for support at the Johnson Space Center.

The value of the contract, which begins April 1, is $35 million.

Tietronix will provide software engineering and research development of applications and solutions into mission operations systems and other systems within the Mission Operations Directorate at Johnson.

The contractual support also includes tests, upgrades and maintenance support for an MOD project information system known as Athena.

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