United Space Alliance has been awarded a one-year extension to the Space Program Operations Contract to continue providing ground operations support at Kennedy Space Center through Sept. 30, 2012. The contract is valued at $49.4 million.
Under the contract, USA, which has 1,600 employees at KSC, will provide engineering and technical support personnel to preserve the NASA’s launch capability. USA will oversee work at Launch Complex 39 to extend the service life of the two shuttle launch pads for commercial operations and other KSC contractors.
Other assets to be maintained include giant crawler transporters, the cryogenic, hydraulic and hypergolic fluid systems, the fixed and mobile cranes, the Launch Control Center, the booster retrieval ships, the launch pads, and the Vehicle Assembly Building.