Nasa has awarded a contract to US-based OPR to provide the flight dynamics support services (FDSS) for its Engineering and Technology Directorate’s Mission and Systems Analysis Division.

Under the FDSS III contract, OPR will provide the services and related support to Nasa’s division at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The cost-plus-fixed fee and indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract stands at a minimum ordering value of $3m, and a maximum ordering value of $165m.

Set to start on September with a 60-day phase-in period, the contract is followed by a five-year period from 1 November.

Nasa said in a statement: “OPR will provide for the study, design, development, fabrication, integration, testing, verification and operations of spaceflight, airborne and ground system hardware and software, including development and validation of new technologies to enable future space and science missions.”

Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center houses scientists, engineers and technologists involved in building spacecraft and instruments, as well as in delivering novel technologies to study the universe.

It is also hosts Hubble operations and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope and is involved in managing communications between mission control and astronauts on-board the International Space Station (ISS).

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