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NASA Awards Contract for Ground Processing of Spaceflight Cargo

NASA has awarded a contract to Leidos Innovations Corporation in Houston to provide pressurized cargo packing and unpacking for the International Space Station Program.

The Cargo Mission Contract (CMC) 3 contract is a cost-plus-award-fee contract with an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity element. The contract’s phase-in period begins Jan. 2, 2018, followed by a two-year base period, one two-year option, one 18-month option, and one one-year option, all which may be exercised at NASA’s discretion. The maximum potential value of the contract, including all options, is $159 million.

Work under CMC3 includes sustaining engineering for flight crew equipment, pressurized cargo packing and transport hardware, non-integrated ancillary system hardware, simple payload facilities, and payload support items for deliveries to and from the space station.

The contract scope also includes determining the most efficient way to pack manifested cargo, verifying the adequacy of the cargo carriers, physically packing pressurized cargo into sub-carriers, shipping cargo to the Next Level Integrators and returning the cargo to the providers upon return. Additionally, the contract provides NASA the means to build, modify, or re-certify hardware, as needed, to support cargo transport, flight crew equipment, ancillary system hardware, simple payload facility hardware and simple payload support items requirements.

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