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Allard Beutel
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-4769)

Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)
Dec. 8, 2004
NASA Awards Engineering Support Contract Extension
NASA has awarded Lockheed Martin Space Operations of Houston an extension to the Science, Engineering, Analysis and Test (SEAT) contract to cover services required during the 45-day transition to the new Engineering and Science Contract (ESC), that takes effect next year.

The extension, awarded non-competitively and performed at NASA's Johnson Space Center and Lockheed Martin's facility in Houston, allows NASA to take advantage of one-month or six-month options to facilitate the transition period from the existing contract to the new ESC contract. The cost ranges from $15 million to $95 million, depending on which option is ultimately exercised. The SEAT contract is scheduled to end December 31, 2004.

The ESC competitive procurement schedule provides for contract award on December 16, 2004, followed by a 45-day period to facilitate transition of work to the successor contractor by February 1, 2005. The extension options cover the January transition period, as well as critical skills associated with supporting the Space Shuttle Return to Flight, including real-time mission support and post-data reduction and analysis.

The SEAT contract provides engineering, scientific, and technical support to research and development laboratories and projects; engineering, maintenance, and operations support for research and development facilities; engineering and programming support of automatic data processing equipment, networks and design; and development and operations support of payloads and flight hardware. Included are technical support, equipment and systems associated with flight crew training for payloads and spacewalks.

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