Michael Curie
Headquarters, Washington                                   
Allard Beutel
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Sept. 11, 2009
NASA Exercises Payload Processing Contract Option
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA is exercising its final option in the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services contract known as CAPPS.

The option is the second of two on the cost-plus-award-fee CAPPS contract awarded to Boeing Space Operations Company of Titusville, Fla., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company. The option's performance period is from Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2012, with a maximum potential value of approximately $156.5 million.

The contract provides management and technical services in support of payload processing requirements at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the International Space Station, space shuttle, expendable launch vehicle, Constellation and other payload programs. Boeing performs all aspects of payload processing, including planning, safety and mission assurance, payload processing ground systems support, space shuttle integration, launch and post-landing activities.

Option 1 on the CAPPS contract began in October 2006 with a value of $308.8 million. The base contract began in October 2002 with a value of $359.4 million. The total maximum potential value of the CAPPS contract with both options is approximately $824.8 million.

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