October 8, 2008

NASA Awards Space Network Contract

The U.S. space agency has awarded a $1.2 billion contract to the ITT Corp. to support its Space and Near Earth Communications Network.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said ITT's advanced engineering and sciences division in Herndon, Va., will perform telemetry, tracking and command services for a wide range of science-based Earth-orbiting spacecraft, including the International Space Station, the space shuttle, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Earth Observing System satellites.

The cost-plus-award-fee core and indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a basic period of five years and three months, and includes two one-year options.

The contract calls for ITT to provide operation and maintenance services at locations that include Guam, American Samoa; Ascension Island; Australia; Wallops Island, Va.; the White Sands Complex in Las Cruces, N.M.; the Merritt Island Launch Annex in Florida; McMurdo Station in Antarctica and the Johnson Space Center in Houston.