Kari Fluegel January 13, 1995
RELEASE: 95-2NASA, BOEING SIGN AGREEMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATIONNASA and Boeing Defense and Space Group, Missiles and Space Division, of Houston, TX, today completed negotiations and signed a $5.63 billion contract for the design and development of the International Space Station.
The contract, which extends through June 2003, is a cost-plus-incentive-fee and award-fee agreement.
"We are extremely pleased to have a final agreement with our prime contractor," said Randy Brinkley, Space Station Program Manager. "The NASA and Boeing team members involved in drawing up the agreement did an outstanding job, and have incorporated unique features to reduce cost and to reduce risks to the taxpaying public."
Under the agreement, Boeing is responsible for the integration and verification of the International Space Station system. Boeing also is responsible for the design, analysis, manufacture, verification and delivery of the U.S. on-orbit segments of the station. The contract also directs Boeing to interact with NASA's international partners at a technical level to ensure physical, functional, safety and operational compatibility between elements within constraints of the various agreements between the participants.
Boeing was selected as prime contractor for the station in August 1993, following the redesign of Space Station Freedom.
"The Space Station is a catalyst for global cooperation," said Wilbur Trafton, Space Station Program Director. "As the largest international scientific and technological development ever undertaken, the International Space Station will bring together resources from the United States, Russia, Japan, member nations of the European Space
Agency, Canada and Italy."
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The 400-ton station will include laboratories from four space agencies that will support a variety of materials processing, microgravity sciences and life sciences experiments.
Assembly will begin in November 1997 with the launch of the U.S. purchased Russian FGB power and propulsion module. It will be followed by the launch of the U.S. Lab Module in November 1998, the Canadian robotic arm in December 1998, the Japanese Experiment Module in March 2000 and the European Columbus Orbital Facility in February 2001. Assembly is scheduled to be completed in June 2002. Fabrication of several elements has begun. Construction of the U.S. laboratory will begin this year.
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