NASA awards testing support contract


NASA has awarded its third Flight Dynamics Support Services contract, to OPR in Beltsville, Maryland.

The initial US$3 million contract, which is set aside for small businesses, provide flight dynamics support services to the Engineering and Technology Directorate’s Mission and Systems Analysis Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt in Maryland.

The Goddard Space Flight Center manages operations for many NASA and international missions including the Hubble Space Telescope, the Explorers Program, the Discovery Program, and the James Webb Space Telescope.

Under the contract, OPR will design, develop test and operate of spaceflight, airborne and ground system hardware and software, including those used to enable future space and science missions.

The OPR contract follows on awarded earlier in the summer by NASA for specialized engineering evaluation and  test Services (NSEETS) to the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, California. The five year, US$621 million NSEETS contract will provide on- and off-site project management, independent multidisciplinary engineering services, testing, consulting, contractor on-site monitoring, and evaluation of project and/or programs, inclusive of safety and mission assurance.

The Aerospace Corporation, will provide support and/or staffing for focused science and technology studies, advanced systems architecture, systems engineering and independent reviews and provide  laboratories for testing and evaluation of NASA engineering prototypes and space flight hardware.

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