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Michael Curie
Headquarters, Washington                              
202-358-1100
michael.curie@nasa.gov
 
Steve Roy
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
256-544-0034
steven.e.roy@nasa.gov
 
March 31, 2011
 
RELEASE : C11-017
 
 
NASA Awards Space Shuttle Main Engine Contract Modification
 
 
HOUSTON -- NASA has signed a $36.9 million contract modification to space shuttle main engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne of Canoga Park, Calif., to provide continued shuttle main engine prelaunch and launch support from April 1 through July 31.

The contract modification also provides two additional options that if exercised, would bring the potential contract amount for all six months to $56 million.

This modification supports the flyout of the Space Shuttle Program and brings the total potential value of the contract to $2.29 billion. The original contract began on Jan. 1, 2002.

The majority of the work will take place at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's headquarters in Canoga Park.

Three main engines and two solid rocket boosters provide the thrust to launch the space shuttle. At 14-feet long and seven-and-a-half feet in diameter at the nozzle exit, the liquid propellant main engines have a combined thrust of more than 1.2 million pounds.

For more information about NASA's Space Shuttle Program, visit:

 

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle



 

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