Agreement

Nonreimbursable Space Act Agreement Between Zgi, Inc and Nasa for Utilization of the International Space Station as a National Lab Article 1. Authority and Parties

 

Exhibit 10.7

 

NONREIMBURSABLE SPACE ACT AGREEMENT
BETWEEN
ZGI, INC
AND
NASA
FOR
UTILIZATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AS A NATIONAL LAB

 

ARTICLE 1. AUTHORITY AND PARTIES

 

In accordance with The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2473 (c)), this Agreement is entered into by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration located at 300 E Street SW. Washington, DC 20546 (hereinafter referred to as "NASA") and ZGI inc.. having its principal office at 101 Beachside Drive, Stevensville, MD 21666, (hereinafter referred to as "ZGI" or "Partner"). NASA and Partner may be individually referred to as a "Party" and collectively referred to as the "Parties."

 

ARTICLE 2. PURPOSE AND NASA'S COMMITMENT

 

NASA plans to operate a share of the U.S. accommodations on the International Space Station (ISS) as a national laboratory in accordance with the NASA Authorization Act of 2005. To fulfill this mandate NASA released an announcement entitled the "National Lab Opportunity - Opportunity for the use of the International Space Station by U.S. Non-Government Entities for Research and Development and Industrial Processing Purposes." Zero Gravity Inc. responded to that announcement with a proposal to utilize the ISS for space-based on-orbit cellular science, applied research, and the development of manufacturing processes that will enable high-volume replication and production of plant, animal, and human cells.

 

To enable research during the ISS assembly phase, ZGI can utilize the existing NASA Space Act Agreement with Bioserve Space Technologies (Bioserve) for limited launch opportunities. Utilization of this existing agreement will allow ZGI to demonstrate early proof-of-concept research. If this proof-of concept research is successful ZGI could proceed with dedicated ZGI capabilities consistent with available space restrictions on the ISS during the ISS post-assembly phase.

 

ARTICLE 3. RESPONSIBILITIES

 

A. ZGI will use reasonable efforts to:

 

I. Ensure the majority of the research and development conducted by ZGI has commercial support or applications.

 

2. Maximize the utilization of all flight opportunities made possible during the assembly phase and made available to ZGI for research and development proof-of-concepts to remove any technical or research bathers that would inhibit full scale production during the post-assembly complete phase.

 

 
 

 

3.  Conduct all flight research and development in accordance with NASA payload requirements.

 

4.  Provide NASA with Operational Reports* on all payloads flown under this agreement.

 

5.  Provide NASA with Findings Reports* on the findings from, the research and development conducted with payloads flown under this agreement.

 

B. NASA will use reasonable efforts to:

 

1.  For Phase A (remaining ISS assembly phase) provide ZGI manifest opportunities thru the existing agreement with Bioserve Space Technologies consisting of Commercial Generic BioproceSsing Apparatus Science Inserts (CSIs) on Space Shuttle flights (as stated in Article 3) for the rerriaining assembly phase of the International Space Station to enable path finder research 41d development. ZGI is responsible for negotiating directly with Bioserve Space Technologies for available flight opportunities utilizing Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus Science Inserts (CSIs).

 

For Phase B (post assembly phase) provide ZGI on-orbit manifested space at NASA's discretion on the ISS. It is anticipated that ZGI will arrange for flight to the ISS through commercial providers I during Phase B.

 

2.  Provide ZGI appropriate on-orbit ISS resources to allow ZGI to effectively conduct research and develOpment on the ISS pre- and post-assembly complete, at NASA's discretion.

 

3.  Work with ZGI to identify transportation services by communicating with possible vendors that NASA has provided ZGI with a commitment of on-orbit space allocations. Such communications to be performed at the request of ZGI.

 

4.  Negotiate with ZGI on terms of access to NASA's inventory of cold stowage systems.

 

ARTICLE 4. SCHEDULE AND MILESTONES

 

The planned major milestones for the activities defined in the "Responsibilities" clause are as follows:

 

Phase A - Pre-Assembly Complete Proof of Concept - Space Shuttle Flights

 

Possible launch manifest opportunities for CSIs through BioServe Space Act Agreement: *Note not all opportunities will be made available to one company.

 

STS-126/ULF2 10/16/08

 

 
 

 

STS-119/15A 12/4/08

STS-127/23/A 3/12/09

STS-128/17A 4/30/09

STS-129/ULF3 8/09

STS-130/19A 10/09

STS-131fULF4 2/10 (contingency logistics flight- not yet official)

STS-132/20A 4/10

STS-133/ULF5 7/10 (contingency logistics flight- not yet official)

 

Phase A - Deliverables

 

Description of research objectives for each flight
Operational Reports* - 30 days from flight Completion
Findings Reports* - 365 Days from flight Completion

 

Notification of commercial development, patents, and products that result from ISS research whenever such accomplishments are documented.

 

Phase B - Post-Assembly Complete - Commercial Launch Providers

 

Launch opportunities are to the responsibility of ZGI.

 

Phase B - Deliverables

 

Description of research objectives for each manifested payload.

Operational Reports* - 30 days from flight Completion

Findings Reports* - 365 Days from flight Completion

 

Notification of commercial development, patents, and products that result from ISS research whenever such accomplishments are documented.

 

* Operational Reports shall consist of hardware performance during operations while conducting the research. It will include details such as anomalies and functional performance to the plans.

 

* Findings Reports shall consist or contain information to report on the results of the research and the analysis of the samples.

 

ARTICLE 5. FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

 

There will be no transfer of funds or other financial obligations between the Parties under this Agreement and each Party will fund its own participation. All activities under or pursuant to this Agreement are subject to the availability of funds, and no provision of this Agreement shall be interpreted to require obligation or payment of funds in violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, Title 31 U.S.C. § 1341.

 

 
 

 

ARTICLE 6. PRIORITY OF USE

 

Any schedule or milestone in this Agreement is estimated based upon the Parties' current understanding of the projected use of the test facilities and equipment by NASA personnel. In the event NASA's projected usage changes, Partner shall be given reasonable notice of that change., so that the schedule and milestones may be adjusted accordingly. The Parties agree that NASA usage of the test facilities, equipment, and personnel shall have priority over the usage planned in this Agreement. Should a conflict arise, NASA in its sole discretion shall determine whether to exercise that priority. Likewise, should a conflict arise as between two commercial users, NASA, in its sole discretion, shall determine the priority as between the two users. This Agreement does not obligate NASA to seek alternative government property or services under the jurisdiction of NASA at other locations.

 

ARTICLE 7. NONEXCLUSIVITY

 

This Agreement is not exclusive; accordingly, NASA may enter into similar Agreements for the same or similar purpose with other U.S. private or public entities.

 

ARTICLE 8. LIABILITY AND RISK OF LOSS

 

1.   The objective of this article is to establish a cross-waiver of liability in the interest of encouraging participation in the exploration, exploitation, and use of outer space through the International Space Station (ISS). The Parties intend that the cross-waiver of liability be broadly construed to achieve this objective.

 

2.   For the purposes of this Article;

 

a. The term "Damage" means:

 

(1) Bodily injury to, or other impairment of health of, or death of, any person;

(ii) Damage to, loss of, or loss of use of any property;

(iii) Loss of revenue or profits; or

(iv) Other direct, indirect, or consequential Damage.

 

b. The term "Launch Vehicle" means an object, or any part thereof, intended for launch, launched from Earth, or returning to Earth which carries Payloads or persons, or both.

 

c. The term "Partner State" includes each Contracting Party for which the Agreement Among the Government of Canada, Governments of Member States of the European Space Agency, the Government of Japan, the Government of the Russian Federation, and the Government of the United States of America concerning Cooperation on the Civil International Space Station (IGA) has entered into force, pursuant to Article 25 of the IGA or pursuant to any successor Agreement. A Partner State includes its Cooperating Agency. It also includes any entity specified in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NASA and the Government of Japan to assist the Government of Japan's Cooperating Agency in the implementation of that MOU.

 

d. The term "Payload" means all property to be flown or used on or in a Launch Vehicle or the ISS.

 

e. The term "Protected Space Operations" means all launch or Transfer Vehicle activities, ISS activities, and Payload activities on Earth, in outer space, or in transit between Earth and outer space in implementation of this Agreement, the IGA, MOUs concluded pursuant to the IGA, and implementing arrangements. It includes, but is not limited to:

 

 
 

 

(i) Research, design, development, test, manufacture, assembly, integration, operation, or use of launch or Transfix Vehicles, the ISS, Payloads, or instruments, as well as related support equipment and facilities and services; and

 

(ii) All activities related to ground support, test, training, simulation, or guidance and control equipment and related facilities or services. "Protected Space Operations" also includes all activities related to evolution of the ISS, as provided for in Article 14 of the IGA. "Protected Space Operations" excludes activities on Earth which are conducted on return from the ISS to develop further a Payload's product or process for use other than for ISS-related activities in implementation of the IGA.

 

f. The term "Related Entity" means:

 

(1) A contractor or subcontractor of a Party or a Partner State at any tier;

(ii) A user or customer of a Party or a Partner State at any tier; or

(iii) A contractor or subcontractor of a user or customer of a Party or a Partner State at any tier. The terms "contractor" and "subcontractor" include suppliers of any kind.

 

The term "Related Entity" may also apply to a State, or an agency or institution of a State, having the same relationship to a Partner State as described in paragraphs (2)(0(i) through (2)(f)(iii) of this article or otherwise engaged in the implementation of Protected Space Operations as defined in paragraph (2)(e) above.

 

g. The term "Transfer Vehicle" means any vehicle that operates in space and transfers Payloads or persons or both between two different space objects, between two different locations on the same space object, or between a space object and the surface of a celestial body. A Transfer Vehicle also includes a vehicle that departs from and returns to the same location on a space object.

 

3. Cross-waiver of liability:

 

a. Each Party agrees to a cross-waiver of liability pursuant to which each Party waives all claims against any of the entities or persons listed in paragraphs (3)(a)(i) through (3)(a)(iv) of this article based on Damage arising out of Protected Space Operations. This cross-waiver shall apply only if the person, entity, or property causing the Damage is involved in Protected Space Operations and the person, entity, or property damaged is damaged by virtue of its involvement in Protected Space Operations. The cross-waiver shall apply to any claims for Damage, whatever the legal basis for such claims, against:

 

(i)  Another Party;

(ii)  A Partner State other than the United States of America;

(iii)  A Related Entity of any entity identified in paragraph (3)(a)(i) or (3)(a)(ii) of this article; or

(iv)  The employees of any of the entities identified in paragraphs (3)(a)(i) through (3)(a)(iii) of this article.

 

b. In addition, each Party shall, by contract or otherwise, extend the cross-waiver of liability, as set forth in paragraph (3)(a) of this article, to its Related Entities by requiring them, by contract or otherwise, to:

 

(i)  Waive all claims against the entities or persons identified in paragraphs (3)(a)(i) through (3)(a)(iv) of this article; and

(ii)  Require that their Related Entities waive all claims against the entities or persons identified in paragraphs (3)(a)(i) through (3)(a)(iv) of this article.

 

 
 

 

c. For avoidance of doubt, this cross-waiver of liability includes a cross-waiver of claims arising from the Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects, which entered into force on September 1, 1972, where the person, entity, or property causing the Damage is involved in Protected Space Operations and the person. entity, or property damaged is damaged by virtue of its involvement in Protected Space Operations.

 

d. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this article, this cross-waiver of liability shall not be applicable to:

 

(i)  Claims between a Party and its own Related Entity or between its own Related Entities;

(ii)  Claims made by a natural person, his/her estate, survivors or subrogees (except when a subrogee is a Party to this Agreement or is otherwise bound by the terms of this cross-waiver) for bodily injury to, or other impairment of health of, or death of, such person;

(iii)  Claims for Damage caused by willful misconduct;

(iv)  Intellectual property claims;

(v)  Claims for Damage resulting from a failure of a Party to extend the cross-waiver of liability to its Related Entities, pursuant to paragraph (3)(b) of this article; or

(vi)  Claims by a Party arising out of or relating to another Party's failure to perform its obligations under this Agreement.

 

e. Nothing in this article shall be construed to create the basis for a claim or suit where none would otherwise exist.

 

ARTICLE 9. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS - DATA RIGHTS 1, General

 

(a)  "Related Entity" as used in this Data Rights clause, means a contractor, subcontractor, grantee, or other entity having a legal relationship with NASA or Partner that is assigned, tasked. or contracted with to perform specified NASA or Partner activities under this Agreement.

 

(b)  "Data," as used in this Data Rights clause, means recorded information, regardless of form, the media on which it may be recorded, or the method of recording. The term includes, but is not limited to, data of a scientific or technical nature, computer software and documentation thereof, and data comprising commercial and financial information.

 

(c)  "Proprietary Data," as used in this Data Rights clause, means Data embodying trade secrets or comprising commercial or financial information that is privileged or confidential.

 

(d)  The Data rights set forth herein are applicable to employees of Partner and employees of any Related Entity of Partner. Partner shall ensure that its employees and employees of any Related Entity that perform Partner activities under this Agreement are aware of the obligations under this clause and that all such employees are bound to such obligations.

 

(e)  Data exchanged between NASA and Partner under this Agreement will be exchanged without restriction as to its disclosure, use, or duplication except as otherwise provided in this clause.

 

(f)  No preexisting Proprietary Data will be exchanged between the Parties under this Agreement unless specifically authorized in this clause or in writing by the owner of the Proprietary Data.

 

(g)  In the event that Data exchanged between NASA and Partner include a restrictive notice that NASA or Partner deems to be ambiguous or unauthorized, NASA or Partner may notify the other Party of such condition. Notwithstanding such a notification, as long as the restrictive notice provides an indication that a restriction on use or disclosure was intended, the Party receiving such Data will treat the Data pursuant to the requirements of this clause unless otherwise directed in writing by the Party providing such Data.

 

 
 

 

(h)  Notwithstanding any restriction on use, disclosure, or reproduction of Data provided in this clause, the Parties will not be restricted in the use, disclosure, or reproduction of Data provided under this Agreement that:

 

(i)  is publicly available at the time of disclosure or thereafter becomes publicly available without breach of this Agreement;

 

(ii)  is known to, in the possession of, or developed by the receiving Party independent of carrying out the receiving Party's responsibilities under this Agreement and independent of any disclosure of or without reference to, Proprietary Data or otherwise protectable Data hereunder;

 

(iii)  is received from a third party having the right to disclose such information without restriction; or

 

(iv)  is required to be produced or released by the receiving Party pursuant to a court order or other legal requirement.

 

(i)  If either NASA or Partner believes that any of the events or conditions that remove restriction on the use, disclosure, or reproduction of the Data apply, NASA or Partner will promptly notify the other Party of such belief prior to acting on such belief, and, in any event, will notify the other Party prior to an unrestricted use, disclosure, or reproduction of such Data.

 

(j)  Disclaimer of Liability: Notwithstanding any restriction on use, disclosure, or reproduction of Data provided in this clause, NASA will not be restricted in, nor incur any liability for, the use, disclosure, or reproduction of any Data not identified with a suitable restrictive notice in accordance with paragraphs 2 and 8 of this clause or of any Data included in Data which Partner has furnished, or is required to furnish to the U.S. Government without restriction on disclosure and use.

 

(k)  Partner may use the following, or a similar, restrictive notice as required by paragraphs 2, 7 and 8 of this clause. In addition to identifying Proprietary Data with such a restrictive notice, Partner should mark each page containing Proprietary Data with the following, or a similar, legend: "Proprietary Data - use and disclose only in accordance with notice on title or cover page."

 

Proprietary Data Notice

 

These data herein include "Background Data" or "Data Produced by Partner under a Space Act Agreement" in accordance with the Data Rights provisions under Space Act Agreement and embody Proprietary Data. In accordance with the Space Act Agreement, NASA will use reasonable efforts to maintain the data in confidence and limit use, disclosure, and reproduction by NASA and any Related Entity of NASA in accordance with restrictions identified in the Space Act Agreement.

 

2. Data First Produced by Partner Under this Agreement

 

In the event Data first produced by Partner in carrying out Partner Responsibilities under this Agreement is furnished to NASA, and Partner considers such Data to be Proprietary Data, and such Data is identified with a suitable restrictive notice, NASA will use reasonable efforts to maintain the Data in confidence and such Data will be disclosed and used by NASA and any Related Entity of NASA (under suitable protective conditions) only for carrying out NASA responsibilities under this Agreement.

 

 
 

 

3. Data First Produced by NASA Under this Agreement

 

Except for data disclosing an invention owned by NASA for which patent protection is being considered, in the event Partner requests that Data first produced by NASA (or any Related Entity of NASA) in carrying out NASA's responsibilities under this Agreement be maintained in confidence, and to the extent NASA determines that such Data would be Proprietary Data if it had been obtained from Partner, NASA will mark such Data with a restrictive notice and will maintain such marked Data in confidence for a period of 2 years after development of the Data, with the express understanding that during the aforesaid restricted period such marked Data may be disclosed and used (under suitable protective conditions) by or on behalf of the U.S. Government for U.S. Government purposes only, and thereafter for any purpose whatsoever without restriction on disclosure and use. Partner agrees not to disclose such marked Data to any third party without NASA's written approval until the aforesaid restricted period expires.

 

4. Publication of Results

 

Recognizing that section 203 of the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 (42 U.S.C. § 2473), as amended, requires NASA to provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information concerning its activities and the results thereof, and that the dissemination of the results of NASA activities is one of the considerations for this Agreement, the Parties agree to coordinate proposed publication of results with each other in a manner that allows each Party a reasonable amount of time to review and comment on proposed publications.

 

5. Data Disclosing an Invention

 

In the event Data exchanged between NASA and Partner discloses an invention for which patent protection is being considered, the furnishing Party specifically identifies such Data, and the disclosure and use of such Data is not otherwise limited or restricted herein, the receiving Party agrees to withhold such Data from public disclosure for a reasonable time (presumed to be 1 year unless mutually agreed otherwise or unless such information is restricted for a longer period herein) in order for patent protection to be obtained.

 

6. Data Subject to Export Control

 

Technical data, whether or not specifically identified or marked, that is subject to the export laws and regulations of the United States and that is provided to Partner under this Agreement will be treated as such, and will not be further provided to any foreign persons or transmitted outside the United States without proper U.S. Government authorization, where required.

 

7. Background Data

 

(a) In the event Partner furnishes NASA with Data developed at private expense (or in the case of state or local government, Data developed at government expense) that existed prior to, or was produced outside of, this Agreement, and such Data embody Proprietary Data, and such Data is so identified with a suitable restrictive notice, NASA will use reasonable efforts to maintain the Data in confidence and such Data will be disclosed and used by NASA and any Related Entity of NASA (under suitable protective conditions) only for carrying out NASA responsibilities under this Agreement. Upon completion of activities under this Agreement, such Data will be disposed of as requested by Partner.

 

 
 

 

(b) At the time of execution of this Agreement, the Parties agree that the following Background Data embodies Proprietary Data that will be provided to NASA: "Not Applicable"

 

8. Handling of Data

 

(a) In the performance of this Agreement, Partner and any Related Entity of Partner may have access to, be furnished with, or use the following categories of Data:

 

(i)  Proprietary Data of third parties that the U.S. Government has agreed to handle under protective arrangements; and/or

 

(ii)  U.S. Government Data, the use and dissemination of which, the U.S. Government intends to control.

 

(b) Data provided by NASA to Partner under the Agreement

 

(i) At the time of execution of this Agreement, the Parties agree that the following Proprietary Data of third parties will be provided to the Partner with the express understanding that Partner will use and protect such Data in accordance with this clause:

 

"Not Applicable"

 

(ii) At the time of execution of this Agreement, the Parties agree that the following U.S. Government Data will be provided to Partner with the express understanding that Partner will use and protect such U.S. Government Data in accordance with this clause:

 

"Not Applicable"

 

(iii)     At the time of execution of this Agreement, the Parties agree that the following software and related Data will be provided to Partner under a separate Software Usage Agreement with the express understanding that Partner will use and protect such related Data in accordance with this clause. Unless retention of such Data is otherwise authorized under the Software Usage Agreement or Partner has entered into a license, consistent with 37 C.F.R. Part 404, for software provided under this Agreement, upon completion of activities under this Agreement, such related Data will be disposed of as instructed by NASA: "Not Applicable"

 

(c) With respect to such Data specifically identified in this Agreement or specifically marked with a restrictive notice, Partner agrees to:

 

(i) Use„ disclose, or reproduce such Data only to the extent necessary to perform the work required under this Agreement;

 

(ii) Safeguard such Data from unauthorized use and disclosure;

 

(iii)     Allow access to such Data only to its employees and any Related Entity that require access for their performance under this Agreement;

 

(iv)     Except as otherwise indicated in (c)(iii) above, preclude access and disclosure of such Data outside Partner's organization;

 

(v) Notify its employees who may require access to such Data about the obligations under this clause and ensure that such employees comply with such obligations, and notify its Related Entity that may require access to such Data about their obligations under this clause; and

 

(vi)     Return or dispose of such Data, as NASA may direct, when the-Data is no -longer needed for performance under this Agreement.

 

 
 

 

9. Oral and visual information

 

If information that Partner considers to be Proprietary Data is disclosed orally or visually to NASA, NASA will have no duty to limit or restrict, and will not incur any liability for, any disclosure or use of such information unless: (a) Partner orally informs NASA before initial disclosure that such information is considered to be Proprietary Data, and (b) Partner reduces such information to tangible, recorded form that is identified and marked with a suitable restrictive notice as required by paragraphs 2, 7 and 8 above and furnishes the resulting Data to NASA within 10 days after such oral or visual disclosure.

 

10.    Classified Material

 

In the event that access to, acquisition of, or delivery of classified material is required under this Agreement, the Partner must provide a completed Contract Security Classification Specification (DD Form 254 or equivalent) to the NASA Point of Contact identified herein. Transmission and access to classified material shall be in accordance with NASA and U.S Federal Government statutes, regulations, and policies.

 

ARTICLE 10. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS - PATENT AND INVENTION

RIGHTS

 

1.  The invention and patent rights set forth herein are applicable to any employees, contractors, subcontractors, or other entities having a legal relationship with Partner that are assigned, tasked, or contracted with to perform specified Partner activities under this Agreement. Partner agrees to inform such employees, contractors, subcontractors, or other entities of the obligations under this clause and to bind them to such obligations.

 

2.  Based on the purpose and scope of this Agreement, and the responsibilities of the Parties, NASA has made an administrative determination that the provisions of section 305(a) of the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, as amended (42 U.S.C. § 2457(a)), do not apply to this Agreement. Therefore, title to inventions made (conceived or first actually reduced to practice) as a result of activities performed under this Agreement will remain with the respective inventing party(ies). No invention or patent rights are exchanged between or granted by such parties under this Agreement except that NASA and Partner agree to use reasonable efforts to identify and report to each other any invention that is believed to have been made jointly by employees of Partner and employees of NASA (including employees of such NASA contractors, subcontractors, or other entities), and to consult and agree as to the responsibilities and course of action to be taken to establish and maintain patent protection on such invention and on the terms and conditions of any license or other rights to be exchanged or granted by or between NASA and Partner.

 

 
 

 

ARTICLE 11. USE OF NASA NAME AND NASA EMBLEMS AND RELEASE OF
GENERAL INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC

 

I. NASA Name and Initials

 

Partner agrees the words "National Aeronautics and Space Administration" and the letters "NASA" will not be used in connection with a product or service in a manner reasonably calculated to convey any impression that such product or service has the authorization, support, sponsorship, or endorsement of NASA, which does not, in fact, exist. In addition, with the exception of release of general information in accordance with paragraph 3 below, Partner agrees that any proposed public use of the NASA name or initials (including press releases resulting from activities conducted under this Agreement and all promotional and advertising use) shall be submitted by Partner in advance to the NASA Assistant Administrator for Public Affairs or designee ("NASA Public Affairs") for review and approval. Approval by NASA Public Affairs shall be based on applicable law and policy governing the use of the NASA name and initials.

 

2.   NASA Emblems

 

Use of NASA emblems/devices (i.e., NASA Seal, NASA Insignia, NASA logotype, NASA Program Identifiers, and the NASA Flag) are governed by 14 C.F.R. Part 1221. Partner agrees that any proposed use of such emblems/devices shall be submitted for review and approval by NASA Public Affairs in accordance with such regulations.

 

3.   Release of General Information to the Public

 

NASA or Partner may, consistent with Federal law and this Agreement, release general information regarding its own participation in this Agreement as desired.

 

ARTICLE 12. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY

 

Equipment, facilities, technical information, and services provided by NASA under this Agreement are provided "as is." NASA makes no express or implied warranty as to the condition of such equipment, facilities, technical information, or services, or as to the condition of any research or information generated under this Agreement, or as to any products made or developed under or as a result of this Agreement including as a result of the use of information generated hereunder, or as to the merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose of such research, information, or resulting product, or that the equipment, facilities, technical information, or services provided will accomplish the intended results or are safe for any purpose including the intended purpose, or that any of the above will not interfere with privately owned rights of others. Neither the government nor its contractors shall be liable for special, consequential or incidental damages attributed to such equipment, facilities, technical information, or services provided under this Agreement or such research, information, or resulting products made or developed under or as a result of this Agreement.

 

 
 

 

ARTICLE 13. DISCLAIMER OF ENDORSEMENT

 

NASA does not endorse or sponsor any commercial product, service, or activity. NASA's participation in this Agreement or supply of equipment, facilities, technical information, or services under this Agreement does not constitute endorsement by NASA. Partner agrees that nothing in this Agreement will be construed to imply that NASA authorizes, supports, endorses, or sponsors any product or service of Partner resulting from activities conducted under this Agreement, regardless of the fact that such product or service may employ NASA-developed technology.

 

ARTICLE 14. COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS AND REGULATIONS

 

The Parties shall comply with all applicable laws and regulations including, but not limited to, safety, security, export control, and environmental laws and regulations. Access by Partner to a NASA facilities or property, or to a NASA Information Technology (IT) system or application, is contingent upon compliance with NASA security and safety policies and guidelines including, but not limited to, standards on badging, credentials, and facility and IT system/application access.

 

ARTICLE 15. TERM OF AGREEMENT

 

This Agreement becomes effective upon the date of the last signature below and shall remain in effect for a period of 5 years from the date of the last signature, with possible options to follow. The options can be exercised by the request of ZGI and agreement by NASA, which agreement will not be unreasonably withheld. In considering ZGI's request for exercising the option, NASA will take into account the Agency's current and future plans for facilities and services that would be impacted by the extension, the extend of ZGI's commercial business including the amount of non federal funds invested, and other non-federal demands for the same NASA goods and/or services.

 

ARTICLE 16. RIGHT TO TERMINATE

 

Either Party may unilaterally terminate this Agreement by providing 90 calendar days written notice to the other Party.

 

ARTICLE 17. CONTINUING OBLIGATIONS

 

The obligations of the Parties set forth in the provisions, "Liability and Risk of Loss," "Intellectual Property Rights," shall continue to apply after the expiration or termination of this Agreement.

 

 
 

 

ARTICLE 18. MANAGEMENT POINTS OF CONTACTS

 

The following personnel are designated as the principal points of contact between the Parties in the performance of this Agreement.

 

Technical Points of Contact

 

NASA Zero Gravity Inc
Mark Uhran John Wayne Kennedy
Assistant Associate Administrator, President
International Space Station 101 Beachside Drive
Mail Suite: 7P39 Stevensville, MD 21666
300 E Street SW Phone: 443-249-0100
Washington, DC 20546 Fax: 443-249-0080
Phone: 202-358-2233 johnwaynekennedyatlantiebb.net
Fax: 202.358.2848  
[email protected]  
   
Payload Manager Points of Contact  
   
NASA  
William R. Jones  
2101 NASA Parkway  
Houston, TX 77058  
Phone: 281-244-7941  
Fax: 281-244-8958  
[email protected]  
   
Business/Administrative Points of Contact  
   
NASA Zero Gravity Inc
Jason Crusan John Wayne Kennedy
Agreement Manager President
300 E Street SW 101 Beachside Drive
Washington, DC 20546 Stevensville, MD 21666
Phone: 202-358-0635 Phone: 443-249-0100
Fax: 202-358-3530 Fax: 443-249-0080
[email protected] [email protected]

 

 
 

 

ARTICLE 19. DISPUTE RESOLUTION

 

Except as otherwise provided in the article of this Agreement entitled "Priority of Use," for those activities governed by 37 C.F.R. Part 404 under the article of this Agreement entitled "Intellectual Property Rights - Invention and Patent Rights," and those situations where a pre-existing statutory or regulatory system exists (e.g. under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552), all disputes concerning questions of fact or law arising under this Agreement shall be referred by the claimant in writing to the appropriate person identified as the "Management Points of Contact (POCs) - Technical Points of Contact. The persons identified as the "Technical Point of Contact" for NASA and the Partner will consult and attempt to resolve all issues arising from the implementation of this Agreement. If they are unable to come to agreement on any issue, the dispute will be referred to the supervisors of the POCs, or their designated representatives, for joint resolution. If the Parties remain unable to resolve the dispute, then the NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations or that person's designee will issue a written decision which shall be a final Agency decision for all purposes including judicial review. Nothing in this section limits or prevents either Party from pursuing any other right or remedy available by law after exhaustion of administrative remedies.

 

ARTICLE 20. MODIFICATIONS

 

Any modification to this Agreement shall be executed, in writing, and signed by an authorized representative of NASA and the Partner. Any modification that creates an additional commitment of NASA resources must be signed by the original NASA signatory authority, or successor, or a higher level NASA official possessing original or delegated authority to make such a commitment.

 

ARTICLE 21. ASSIGNMENT

 

Neither this Agreement nor any interest arising under it will be assigned by the Partner or NASA without the express written consent of the officials executing this Agreement.

 

ARTICLE 22. APPLICABLE LAW

 

U.S. Federal law governs this Agreement for all purposes, including, but not limited to, determining the validity of the Agreement, the meaning of its provisions, and the rights, obligations and remedies of the Parties.

 

ARTICLE 23. INDEPENDENT RELATIONSHIP

 

This Agreement is not intended to constitute, create, give effect or otherwise recognize a joint venture, partnership, or formal business organization, or agency agreement of any kind, and the rights and obligations of the Parties shall be only those expressly set forth herein.

 

ARTICLE 24. LOAN OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY

 

1. In order to further activities set forth in this Agreement, the Parties acknowledge that NASA shall loan the following Government property to Partner:

 

Any property loan under this agreement will be included as part of the individual payload plans.

 

 
 

 

2. The property listed above (hereinafter referred to as the "PROPERTY") is not being provided to Partner as a substitute for the purchasing of the same type of property by Partner under any contract or grant that Partner has, or may have, with a third party. Furthermore, such PROPERTY is not excess to NASA's requirements and its use is anticipated upon its return to NASA.

 

I In support of this loan the Partner shall:

 

(a)  Install, operate, and maintain the PROPERTY at Partner's expense;

 

(b)  Furnish all utilities (e.g., water, electricity) and operating materials required for the operation of the PROPERTY;

 

(c)  Bear all costs associated with the use and enjoyment of the PROPERTY under the terms of this Agreement, including but not limited to such costs as packing, crating, shipping, installing, maintaining, licensing, and operating the PROPERTY;

 

(d)  Transport the PROPERTY in accordance with good commercial practice;

 

(e)  Acknowledge that the privilege of using and enjoying the said PROPERTY exists solely by virtue of this Agreement with NASA, the owner of said PROPERTY, and not as of right;

 

(0 Identify, mark, and record all of the PROPERTY promptly upon receipt, and maintain such identity so long as it remains in the custody, possession, or control of Partner.

 

(g)  Maintain suitable records for each item of PROPERTY. As a minimum, such records shall show description, identification number, unit cost, quantity, dates of receipt, condition upon receipt, and location. Partner shall perform an inventory of the PROPERTY one (I) year from the effective date of this Agreement, and every year thereafter, if the Agreement is still in effect, and send such inventory report to NASA. The report shall include a statement validating any requirement to continue the loan. Further, Partner shall provide to NASA upon reasonable request, records sufficient to disclose the date of inspections, the deficiencies discovered as a result of inspections, and the maintenance actions performed. This annual report shall be submitted to the following NASA point of contact (POC):

 

[Insert POC Information]

 

(h)  Assume responsibility for loss or damage to the PROPERTY, reasonable wear and tear excepted and, with the same limitation for wear and tear, agrees to return the PROPERTY to NASA in as good condition as when received. It is understood that Partner is financially responsible for any damage to the PROPERTY while it is in the care, custody, and control of Partner, its employees, contractors, subcontractors, agents, or principal investigators.

 

(i)  Report any loss, damage, or destruction of PROPERTY to the NASA POC identified above within ten (10) working days from the date of the discovery thereof

 

 
 

 

ARTICLE 25. SIGNATORY AUTHORITY

  

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION   ZERO GRAVITY INC
         
BY: /s/ William H. Gerstenmaier   BY: /s/ John Wayne Kennedy
William H. Gerstenmaier   John Wayne Kennedy
Associate Administrator   President
for Space Operations   101 Beachside Drive
Mail Suite: 7K39   Stevensville, MD 21666
300 E Street SW    
Washington, DC 20546    
     
DATE: 27 May 2008   DATE: May 23, 2008

 

 
 

 

AMENDMENT NO 1 to

 

NON-REIMBURSABLE SPACE ACT AGREEMENT BETWEEN
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
AND ZGI, INC
FOR UTILIZATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION AS A NATIONAL LAB

 

PURPOSE AND AGENCY COMMITMENT

 

The purpose of this Amendment to Space Act Agreement No. 2449 between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration ("NASA") and ZGI, Inc. (Partner), dated May 27, 2008 (the "Agreement"), is to extend the period of performance under the Agreement sufficient to permit further discussions to facilitates Partner's activities to support the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory.

 

Accordingly, Article 14 of the Agreement is amended in accordance with Article 20 of the Agreement as follows:

 

ARTICLE 15. TERM OF AGREEMENT

 

The first sentence of Article 15 is hereby deleted. The following sentence is added to the beginning of Article 15:

 

This Agreement becomes effective upon the date of the last signature to the Agreement ("effective date") and shall remain in effect until the completion of all obligations of both Parties hereto, or August 27, 2013, whichever comes first.

 

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION   ZGI, Inc.
     
BY: /s/ William H. Gerstenmaier   BY: /s/ R. Godwin
       
William H. Gerstenmaier   Name: R. Godwin
Associate Administrator    
for Human Exploration and Operations   Title: CEO
NASA Headquarters   ZGI, Inc.
     
DATE: 10 June 2013   DATE: 10 June 2013

 

Amendment 1 to SAA between NASA and ZGI, Inc.