A joint venture between Aerodyne and KBR has been awarded a Mechanical Integrated Services and Technology (MIST) II contract by NASA to provide engineering services for spaceflight and ground systems. The companies’ responsibilities include developing and validating new technologies designed for future space and science missions.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a maximum value of $531 million and a five-year base period, with one option for a six-month extension.
The joint venture will provide a range of engineering services that includes design, analysis, and verification services; technical support for development of space flight, airborne and ground-based instruments and equipment; and research and technology development support services for new NASA missions.
As part of this effort, the joint venture will provide flight operations activities, contamination control and thermal coatings, and optics and optical systems design and analysis.
“I am very excited about this technical partnership with KBR,” said Andrew Allen, former Marine aviator, veteran NASA Space Shuttle pilot and mission commander, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Aerodyne, 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.”
The joint venture will primarily perform this work at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland, as well as other NASA centers and locations.