January 20, 2009

NASA extends spacesuit contract

The U.S. space agency says it has approved an $86 million, one-year spacesuit contract option.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the extension of the cost-plus-award-fee contract extension awarded Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International of Windsor Locks, Conn., is for spacesuits used on the space shuttles and the International Space Station.

NASA said the contract calls for Hamilton Sundstrand and its subcontractors to perform engineering management for hardware systems used in spacewalks, supporting enhancements, ensuring flight and spacewalk readiness, providing safety and mission assurance, meeting flight milestones and achieving mission goals.

Work covered under the option will begin in October 2009 and continue through September 2010. The option brings the total contract value to about $514 million.