Kennedy News

Ed Campion
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1694)

Bill Johnson
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
(Phone: 321/867-2468)

June 28, 2002
RELEASE : c02-p
NASA Extends Boeing Payload Ground Operations Contract
NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., has extended the period of performance of the Payload Ground Operations Contract (PGOC) held for the last 15 years by The Boeing Company at Kennedy Space Center. The contract expires June 30, 2002.

This cost-plus-award-fee extension through September 30, 2002, is valued at $25.3 million and brings the total contract value to almost $2 billion.

The extension provides for ground support, test, integration and de-integration of space shuttle and expendable launch vehicle payloads, including flight elements of the International Space Station; operation and maintenance of associated facilities and ground systems; and support of the government's top priorities of safety, mission success, and payload-developer/customer satisfaction.

This action ensures uninterrupted program support through the PGOC and bridges the gap in performance between June 30, 2002, and the award of the follow-on contract to PGOC -- the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services (CAPPS) contract.

The original PGOC contract was initiated in January 1987 with McDonnell Douglas Space and Defense Systems.


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