NASA has decided to extend a contract with Boeing to continue providing key engineering support services, resources, and personnel to its space program for the next five years. The contract, valued at $1.18 billion, will help keep the space station flying through 2020 while also assessing the feasibility of extending the service life of the station’s primary structural elements another 13 years.
John Elbon, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space Exploration, in a press release stated,
“It builds on Boeing’s tradition of innovation and technological advancement to incorporate efficiencies and improve performance to the station as its importance to the future of human spaceflight continues to grow.”
Elbon also stated that the contract is a continuation of the successful relationship with NASA and the 16 partner nations in maintaining the health of the station.
"In addition, it builds on Boeing's tradition of innovation and technological advancement to incorporate efficiencies and improve performance to the station as its importance to the future of human spaceflight continues to grow."
The extension includes end-to-end subsystem management for the majority of station systems and allows Boeing to continue providing the program with hardware and software sustaining engineering, among other tasks. Boeing will perform its work at NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, John F. Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, as well as other domestic and international locations. In 2010, NASA awarded a five-year extension contract worth $1.24bn to Boeing to continue provide engineering support of the International Space Station through September 30, 2015. This extended the space station's contract, which was originally awarded in January 1995 and then in 2008. By 2015, the extension of the contract was valued at $16.2bn. Since November 2000, the International Space Station has been occupied continuously.
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