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July 7, 1998

Jennifer McCarter
Headquarters, Washington DC
(Phone: 202/358-1639)

John Ira Petty
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-2530)

Release: c98-h

NASA Awards More Shuttle Work to USA

NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, has modified its contract with United Space Alliance (USA) of Houston to include more than $900 million in work on the Space Shuttle's solid rocket booster and other shuttle elements.

USA is the prime contractor for the space shuttle fleet operations. This $919.5 million cost-plus-award-fee/incentive-fee contract modification includes work previously performed under three separate NASA contracts: work on the boosters performed by USBI at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; design and production of primary shuttle avionics software by Lockheed Martin in Houston; and processing of flight crew equipment, including space suits, personal equipment and tools, performed by Boeing Aerospace Operations in Houston.

The new work comes under Phase 2 of NASA's space flight operations contract with USA. Under Phase 1 of the contract, NASA consolidated operations of 12 separate contracts under USA. Phase 2 will consolidate an additional 16 contracts as part of a continuing NASA effort to transfer day-to-day shuttle operations from government employees to private companies.

The performance period under Phase 2 runs through Sept. 30, 2002.


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