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CFD Research awarded NASA Vertical Lift Technology Development contract

March 19, 2019- CFD Research announced today that it has been awarded a small business prime contract for the Vertical Lift Technology Development (VLTD) program at NASA Ames Research Center. The five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract has a ceiling value of $24M.

CFD Research and its team of subcontractors will provide aeronautical engineering, research, and development for vertical lift technology development, including aeromechanics modeling and analysis, simulation facility hardware and software development, aircraft performance and flight control systems analysis and evaluation, and mission effectiveness analysis and management. Air traffic management development is also included to assess and integrate new operating procedures for efficiency and safety.

“The VLTD award marks a major milestone for CFD Research on two key fronts; it is our first major service prime contract for NASA and our first major service prime contract outside of Huntsville, AL. It emphasizes our strategic goal to leverage our core research and development capabilities into on-site support for government customers,” said Steve Cayson, CFD Research COO and Vice President of Federal Services Division.

CFD Research is a well-established small business founded in 1987, with a demonstrated history of exceptional technical performance, innovation, and transition of enabling technologies to government and commercial customers. CFD Research assembled a team comprised of small and large businesses, laboratories, and universities with world-class engineers, technicians, developers, and practitioners capable of supporting all VLTD requirements.

“CFD Research is honored to be selected for this highly competitive award and looks forward to continuing and growing our long and successful partnership with NASA’s prestigious Ames Research Center,” Sameer Singhal, CFD Research President & CEO said. “The award builds on CFD Research’s services growth of the last few years and provides opportunities to increase that growth significantly.”

ABOUT CFD Research:

Since its inception in 1987, CFD Research has worked with government agencies, businesses and academia to provide innovative solutions within the Aerospace & Defense, Biomedical & Life Sciences, and Energy & Materials industries. Over the years CFD Research has earned multiple national awards for successful application and commercialization of innovative component/system technology prototypes, multi-physics simulation software, multi-disciplinary analyses, and expert support services. CFD Research is an ISO9001 and AS9100 registered company and is appraised at CMMI Level II for services. Learn more at

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