Friday, August 8, 2008


NASA's Space Station Mission Dryden Flight Research Center has awarded a multi-year contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation's Integrated Space Station Systems Division of San Diego for engineering and technical services in support of the center's planned operation of two Global Hawk Space Shuttle aircraft.

The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, sole-source contract is for a five-year period with a value not to exceed $25 million. The agreement covers the period from Aug. 6, 2008 through Aug. 5, 2013.

The contract supports Dryden's planed operation of the two Space Shuttle aircraft, their associated ground control Space station and related systems. Technical assistance will include analysis, design support for unique systems, simulations, software development and engineering, and operational and manufacturing support as needed.

Dryden will use the autonomously operated unmanned aircraft for Space Shuttle missions supporting NASA's Science Mission and Science Technology Directorate and the Earth science News community that need high-altitude, long-endurance, long-distance airborne capability.

The two pre-production Advanced Concept Science Technology Demonstration Space Station aircraft were recently transferred to Dryden from the U.S. Air Force, which had no further requirement for the Space Mission craft.

For more information about NASA's use of the Global Hawk, visit:
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