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Press Release 94-08
Mary Ann Peto
(Bus: 216/433-2902)

NASA Selects General Dynamics for Contract Negotiations

Cleveland, OH -- The NASA Lewis Research Center has selected General Dynamics, Commercial Launch Services, Inc., of San Diego, Calif., for negotiations leading to the award of a contract for two firm launches and options for seven additional launches using the Atlas intermediate expendable launch vehicle (IELV).

The amount of the contract under negotiation for the first firm launch ranges from $100-150 million. The first mission to be launched will be the Earth Observing System-AM-1 spacecraft scheduled for 1998. The second firm mission, as well as the seven options, only will be assigned and procured if necessary to support future missions requiring an IELV. A potential candidate for the second launch is the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-L mission.

The fixed-price launch services contract with economic price adjustment is for 10 years, with an anticipated start date of September 1994, if all options are exercised.

The contractor is responsible for the delivery of spacecraft on-orbit which encompasses assembly, checkout and launch. The contractor also will provide post-flight data analysis and reporting.

Work will be performed at General Dynamics, Commercial Launch Services, San Diego, Calif., and Harlingen, Texas; Thiokol Corp., Huntsville, Ala.; Gulton Industries, Inc., Albuquerque, N.M.; Honeywell Space Systems Group, Clearwater, Fla.; United Technologies, Pratt and Whitney, Palm Beach, Fla.; and Rockwell International, Rocketdyne Division, Canoga Park, Calif.

It is anticipated that 8 percent of the total contract dollars is to be awarded to small disadvantaged businesses.

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