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August 5, 2014
07:48 EDTJECJacobs awarded contract for NASAís Asteroid Redirect Mission
Jacobs Engineering announced it was awarded a Phase I contract for the conceptual design of an asteroid capture system for NASAís Asteroid Redirect Mission. The ARM forms a critical part of NASAís technology development plans for future human spaceflight operations and the overarching goal of a manned Mars mission. The goal of this contract is to design a system capable of capturing and securing an asteroid as wide as 10 meters and as heavy as 1,000 metric tons. Jacobsí concept uses a series of deployable booms that unfold and extend around the target asteroid. NASA is interested in the technology not only for ARM, but also for capture of unresponsive satellites or other large orbital debris. This is one of four awards made by NASA for asteroid capture system concepts. Jacobs is constructing a physical model of the proposed design.
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March 24, 2015
07:47 EDTJECJacobs Engineering awarded contract for Network Rail link to Heathrow
Jacobs Engineering Group announced that it was awarded a contract by Network Rail to support its proposed new rail link from the west of England to London Heathrow airport, United Kingdom. The proposed Western Rail Access to Heathrow includes a new direct, double track link between the Great Western main line at Langley in Berkshire into Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport. Company officials did not disclose the contract value, but noted that the work is being executed over the next 12 months from Jacobsí offices in the UK. Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is producing a design for Network Railís Development Consent Order, which is expected to be submitted in early 2016. Jacobsí scope of work includes topographical surveys and geotechnical investigations, tunneling design for the new 3.1 mile route, and railway systems designs for track and overhead line equipment. Network Railís Signaling Design Group is producing the signaling design for system integration by Jacobs as lead designer. Jacobs is also providing environmental surveys and impact assessment to inform optimization of the tunnel route and location and design of surface structures. Jacobs delivered pre-feasibility and feasibility studies in the early planning stage of the project which identified significant potential cost savings. Currently in public consultation, if the Western Rail Access plans are approved, it is expected that the new service would be in operation by 2021.

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