September 14, 2009

NASA exercises Boeing contract option

The U.S. space agency says it is exercising its final extension option in its Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services contract with a Boeing unit.

The option is the second of two in the contract awarded to the Boeing Space Operations Co. of Titusville, Fla., a subsidiary of the Boeing Co. The option extends the contract through Sept. 30, 2012, with a potential value of approximately $156.5 million.

The contract provides management and technical services in support of payload processing requirements at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the International Space Station, space shuttle, expendable launch vehicle, Constellation and other payload programs, space agency officials said.

Boeing performs all aspects of payload processing, including planning, safety and mission assurance, payload processing ground systems support, space shuttle integration, launch and post-landing activities.

The base contract that began in October 2002 now has a maximum potential value of approximately $824.8 million, NASA said.