NASA extends reusable rocket motor contract with ATK

NASA has signed a $42m (£27m) contract modification to ATK Launch Systems, a manufacturer of reusable solid rocket motors, to provide continued prelaunch through postlaunch support from 1 October 2010 through 31 December 2011.

The modification, which brings total potential value of the cost-plus-award fee/incentive fee contract to $4.13bn, is based on an extension to the current space shuttle programme launch schedule, which shifted the last two scheduled missions into fiscal year 2011.

Also covered by the extension is the completion of contract activities associated with the processing of flight hardware after the last scheduled shuttle flight STS-134 and postflight activities for cleaning and preserving the reusable solid rocket motors.

Work will be performed principally at ATK Launch Systems in Brigham City, Utah, US.