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NASA Awards Spaceport Technology Development Contract

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla., has awarded the University-affiliated Spaceport Technology Development Contract (USTDC) to the ASRC Aerospace Corporation of Greenbelt, Md. The contract is a cost-plus award fee/incentive fee performance-based indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract.

The contract features a four-year, seven-month basic period of performance beginning March 1, 2003, with five one-year options for a potential nine-year seven-month contract term. The basic contract’s estimated cost is $220 million with a potential value of $600 million over the entire period inclusive of the five one-year options.

Under the contract, ASRC Aerospace, along with their USTDC partners; Swales Aerospace, Beltsville, Md.; Sierra Lobo, Inc., Milan, Ohio; and the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., will provide non-routine engineering development products and services to operational customers performing processing, launch, landing, and range activities at KSC. ASRC will perform applied research and development functions to meet future technology challenges.

The work will be performed at KSC and at NASA facilities located on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. ASRC Aerospace is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Artic Slope Research Corporation, Barrow, Alaska