August 26, 2009

NASA awards aircraft maintenance contract

NASA says it has awarded a contract to the Computer Sciences Corp. of Fort Worth, Texas, to maintain aircraft used for astronaut training and flight research.

The $163 million contract continues services provided by the company under a previous contract that expires Monday, the space agency said. The work includes flight line, intermediate and depot level maintenance, repairs, modifications and engineering support.

The aircraft are used at NASA's Johnson Space Center facilities in Houston and El Paso, Texas; Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.; the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif.; and NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

Officials said the new contract begins Sept. 1 and continues through Feb. 28, 2010, with two one-year extension options available.