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NASA AWARDS ISS CARGO MISSION CONTRACT



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC


Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington   November 5, 2003
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

NASA AWARDS SPACE STATION CARGO MISSION CONTRACT

     NASA has awarded a contract with a potential value of 
$165.8 million for support of International Space Station 
(ISS) Cargo Mission services to Lockheed Martin Space 
Operations of Houston.

The ISS Cargo Mission contract is among the contracts being 
awarded as part of a restructuring of ISS contracts seeking 
to consolidate work, increase efficiency, increase 
accountability, and transition the program's contract 
strategy from development and construction of hardware to 
orbital operations.

Work under the contract will provide services related to the 
planning, preparation and conduct of cargo missions to the 
International Space Station. The contract activities will 
include: cargo mission planning, cargo coordination, stowage 
integration, analytical integration, physical processing, 
decals, placards, graphics, on-orbit operations, sustaining 
engineering, management, and the integration of commercial 
cargo carriers and services. 

Options under the contract are available to provide stowage 
integration services to the Space Shuttle Program, NASA 
prepacked-cargo processing for the Japanese H-II Transfer 
Vehicle and NASA prepacked-cargo processing for the European 
Automated Transfer Vehicle, which are planned to provide 
future logistics support to the ISS.

The basic period of the cost-plus-award-fee contract is four 
years and nine months, with an estimated value of $108.5 
million. Two one-year extension options to the basic period 
are available and would bring the total contract value to 
$165.8 million. 

Work on the contract will be performed at NASA's Johnson 
Space Center in Houston, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in 
Florida and its immediate surrounding areas, and other 
locations inside and outside the United States. Major 
subcontractors include United Space Alliance of Houston, 
Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville, Ala., and Bastion 
Technologies of Houston.

More information on the ISS contract strategy, including a 
complete background and history, is available on the Internet 
at:


jsc-web-pub.jsc.nasa.gov/bd01/iss/Default.asp
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