The Rothe Companies are proud to have collaborated with NASA/JSC’s Directorate of Engineering to be one of the pioneers in developing an external customer plan (commercialization) that brought in commercial work to use government excess capacity in order to yield NASA direct cash reimbursements and 533 offset (i.e. salaries that NASA did not have to pay the contractor while NASA facilities were idle and had excess capacity).
From October 1999 to October 2002, Rothe utilized a Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA to perform 188 commercial jobs on our Manufacturing and Calibration Services Contract (MACS), totaling over $548,000.00 in savings for NASA during that period.
In 2003, Rothe continued in our goal to bring NASA savings by sharing our commercialization knowledge, lessons learned, and strategies with our partner Raytheon (prime) on the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) and Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF) Operations Contract (NSOC) for the Flight Operations Directorate (FOD) at NASA/JSC Houston, TX. With the retirement of the Shuttle Program and the completion of the International Space Station assembly, these facilities on NSOC have excess capacity and capabilities that can now be shared with outside industries.
Today as we continue subcontracting to Team Raytheon on FOD’s NSOC, The Rothe Companies provide management of the External Customer Office for Team Raytheon. In this capacity, we find commercial businesses and arrange contracts that enable these businesses to utilize NASA facilities for training, testing of products and procedures, and manufacturing. To date, Team Raytheon has saved NASA over $11M by utilizing the External Customer Office and its collaboration with NASA to cultivate external customers to use the NBL and SVMF.