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February 10, 2000

Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(281) 483-5111

Release: J00-10

NASA, Boeing Sign Contract Change for Station's Node 3 Software

NASA and the Boeing Space and Communications Group, Houston, TX, have definitized a planned contract change valued at $51.6 million for the procurement of software to support the addition of Node 3 to the International Space Station Program.

Under the contract change, which was previously budgeted for, Boeing will provide the software and support for Node 3, which was added to the program in March 1997 as part of a barter agreement with the European Space Agency.

Node 3 is scheduled for launch to the Station aboard the Shuttle in 2004, and will be used as a "life support center" housing oxygen regeneration, air revitalization, waste management, and water recovery. It also will provide valuable additional docking ports to the orbital outpost.


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