A joint venture between KBR and Aerodyne has secured a potential $531 million Mechanical Integrated Services and Technology II contract from NASA to provide engineering services for spaceflight and ground systems, including the development and validation of new technologies for future space and science missions.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a five-year base period and one option for a six-month extension, KBR said Wednesday.
The joint venture will work primarily at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as well as other NASA centers and locations.
“I am very excited about this technical partnership with KBR,” commented Andrew Allen, Aerodyne’s CEO and the majority partner in the joint venture.
“We have worked extremely hard to assemble top industry talent to support Goddard Space Flight Center. The joint venture combines the resources of two excellent and well-known engineering firms,” added Allen, a veteran NASA Space Shuttle pilot.
The contract requires the joint venture to provide a broad array of engineering services that include design, analysis and verification services, along with technical support for the development of space flight, airborne and ground-based instruments and equipment.
The joint venture will also support flight operations activities, contamination control and thermal coatings and optics and optical systems design, as well as research and technology development support services for new NASA missions.
KBR has over 60 years of experience with NASA and performed similar work under the MIST I contract.
“Space travel and scientific discovery take collaboration. KBR currently operates at 11 NASA centers and is one of the world’s largest human spaceflight support organizations. Together, with Aerodyne, we bring a compelling and comprehensive portfolio of expertise to propel NASA to study and explore the universe,” stated Stuart Bradie, president and CEO of KBR.