USA Gets Contract Extension for KSC Ground Operations Support

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL (USA PR) – NASA has awarded United Space Alliance (USA) a one-year extension to the Space Program Operations Contract (SPOC) to continue providing ground operations support at Kennedy Space Center through Sept. 30, 2012. The total value of the contract is $49.4 million.

“Maintaining and enhancing the launch capabilities at the Kennedy Space Center are critical to helping NASA prepare for the next phase of human spaceflight,” said Mark Nappi, USA’s Vice President of Aerospace Services. “This contract takes advantage of a workforce that has decades of experience in space operations – experience that USA is working to apply to multiple government and commercial customers.”

Under the contract, USA will provide the necessary Operations, Maintenance and Sustaining engineering personnel, technical and support services, and material required to preserve the launch center’s ground operations capability going forward. USA will provide integration for all the major work activities supporting the Launch Complex 39 area facilities and sites, with the goal of extending the service life of Shuttle Program assets to provide capabilities for the Space Launch System, commercial operations and other KSC contractors.

Examples of those assets include the giant crawler transporters, the cryogenic, hydraulic and hypergolic fluid systems, the fixed and mobile cranes, the ground instrumentation system that supports the Launch Control Center, the booster retrieval ships, the launch pads and the Vehicle Assembly Building.

“NASA and USA continue the strong partnership established under the SPOC program to ensure the safety and success of our nation’s human space flight operations,” said Virginia Barnes, USA President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are pleased to provide this ongoing support, and we remain committed to helping NASA reach all of its space exploration goals, now and in the future.”

United Space Alliance is a world leader in space operations with extensive experience in all aspects of the field. Headquartered in Houston, USA has employees working in Texas, Florida and Alabama. Currently, USA is applying its broad range of capabilities to NASA’s Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs as well as to space operations customers in the commercial and international space industry sectors.