Lockheed Martin has selected the Technical Services Division (TSD) of Orbital Sciences Corporation for an eight-year, $57 million cost- plus/award fee contract.
Under the contract, engineers and other personnel from Orbital’s TSD will support Lockheed Martin as part of the NASA Ames Research Centre’s Programs and Projects (P&P) services contract.
Under the terms of Orbital’s contract from Lockheed Martin, the company will perform activities involved in NASA Ames space research and flight programs, including its Space Station Biological Research Project, Flight Payload Integration and Fundamental Biology Programs, as well as its Space Station payload projects and Discovery missions.
Orbital, which develops and manufactures space systems for commercial, civil government and military customers, will also assist in maintaining project and mission schedules and in co-ordinating science planning between NASA Ames and NASA Headquarters and other NASA centres, science working groups and external groups.
The company’s technical staff will support Lockheed Martin in planning and analysing options for potential space flight opportunities during development of flight experiments and hardware.