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NASA Extends Space Station Cargo Delivery Contract

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Jul 9, 2008 7:51 am
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HOUSTON, (NASA) – NASA has awarded Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems Inc. in Houston, a one-year contract extension valued at $42 million to provide integration services for cargo delivery to and from the International Space Station.

Lockheed Martin has held the station’s cargo mission contract since January 2004. The one-year extension will bring the total value of the contract to $338 million.

The contract provides cargo packing for delivery to and from the space station, consisting of pressurized and unpressurized science and logistics carriers, assembly hardware and crew support. It also involves determining the most efficient way to pack the cargo, verifying the adequacy of the integrated carriers, packing the pressurized cargo into sub-carriers and returning the cargo to the providers once it returns to Earth. The contract also provides sustaining engineering for NASA carriers.

The extension begins Oct. 1, 2008, and is the first of two such options provided for in the original contract.

Major subcontractors include United Space Alliance LLC and Bastion Technologies Inc., both in Houston; Command Technologies Inc. in Warrenton, Va.; Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. in Huntsville, Ala., and EADS Astrium Space Transportation, Bremen, Germany. The work will be performed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and at the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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