NASA Awards Space Station Support Contract to ARES Corp.

NASA has signed a $144 million follow-on contract with ARES Corp. of Burlingame, Calif., for International Space Station Program integration and control services.

ARES will provide support for configuration management, data management, information technology, safety and mission assurance, vehicle integrated performance, resource and budget analysis, program schedule development, engineering and technical services, spacecraft integration, international partner integration and strategic analysis planning.

The three-year contract is effective Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2012, and includes two one-year options that could extend the contract through Sept. 30, 2014. If both options are exercised, the total value of the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract would be $180 million.

ARES will perform the work on-site at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, or at nearby offices. Significant subcontractors include Barrios Technology and Booz-Allen Hamilton, both of Houston.

The previous contract was awarded in November 2003, and had a total value of $154 million, including all of the options that were exercised, through Sept. 30, 2009.

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