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Erica Hupp
Headquarters, Washington

Cynthia O'Carroll
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

Nov. 8, 2006
NASA Awards Systems and Services Contract
NASA has selected Alcatel Alenia Space, Toulouse, France for award of a $50,000 Rapid Spacecraft Development Office II contract. This award under a commercial, fixed price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a potential maximum value of $1.5 billion.

Rapid II is a multiple award contract for core spacecraft systems and non-standard services. The services may include operations, components and studies to meet the government's space, Earth science and technology needs.

The principal purpose of this contract is to provide core spacecraft systems with any necessary modifications to meet specific mission needs. The baseline scope of work includes fabrication and test of the spacecraft with mission specific design modifications; generation of interface control documents, instrument and full spacecraft integration; test, shipment to launch site, launch vehicle integration support and on-orbit checkout.

The initial Rapid II contracts were awarded in January 2000, but new vendors are periodically added if qualified. This award is the result of such an action, and the vendor is eligible to compete for future spacecraft systems that NASA or other federal agencies may require.

The principal work will be performed at the contractor's facility and as required at the selected launch site. For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

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