Boeing recently confirmed about a one billion dollar contract with NASA which will help support the International Space Station (ISS) activities through to 2024. The flight authority is NASA’s official lead industry partner for the ISS since 1993, and will still celebrate orbiting the space laboratory through September of 2024 under a $916 million contract extension awarded today.
Under the terms of the contract, Boeing will provide engineering support services, resources, and personnel for activities aboard the ISS and manage many of the station’s systems. The contract is valued at about $225 million annually.
Boeing will continue NASA ISS operations till 2024
Congress, NASA, and its international partners have agreed to extend ISS operations to at least 2024. Recent structural analysis shows that the spacecraft continues to be safe and mission-capable.
NASA selected Boeing as the International Space Station prime contractor in 1993. Throughout development, assembly, habitation, and daily operations aboard ISS, Boeing has partnered closely with NASA to help the agency and its international partners safely host astronauts and cosmonauts for months at a time. The astronauts conduct microgravity experiments that help treat disease, increase food production, and manufacturing technology impossible to produce on Earth’s surface.
Work will be done at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, the John F. Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida, and the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama along with a few other locations around the world.
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