NASA Extends Space Station Cargo Integration Contract

NASA has awarded Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems Inc. in Houston a one-year contract extension valued at $33 million to provide integration services for cargo delivery to and from the International Space Station.

Lockheed Martin has held the station's cargo mission contract since January 2004. The one-year extension will bring the total value of the contract to $381 million.

The contract provides cargo packing for delivery to and from the space station, consisting of pressurized and unpressurized science and logistics carriers, assembly hardware and crew support. Other contract services include determining the most efficient way to pack cargo, verifying the adequacy of the integrated carriers, packing the pressurized cargo into sub-carriers and returning the cargo to providers once it returns to Earth. The contract also provides sustaining engineering for NASA carriers.

The extension begins Oct. 1, 2009. It is the second of two such options provided for in the original contract.

Major subcontractors include Astrium GmbH in Bremen, Germany; Bastion Technologies Inc. in Houston; BAE Systems in Fayetteville, Ga.; Futron Corporation in Bethesda, Md.; LZ Technology Inc. in Alvin, Texas; MEI Technologies, Inc. in Houston; Oceaneering Space Systems in Houston, Rothe Enterprises, Inc. in San Antonio; SPACEHAB Inc. in Houston; System Studies and Simulation, Inc. in Huntsville, Ala.; Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. in Huntsville, Ala.; and United Space Alliance, LLC in Houston. The work will be performed at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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