The Aerospace Corporation will provide specialised engineering evaluation and test services to Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Centre for 18 months.

The firm will provide support activities related to project management, systems and discipline engineering, and business and resource management at Goddard.

The company will also offer on and off-site project and multidisciplinary engineering services, independent testing, on-site monitoring, and independent evaluation of projects and programmes.

The Aerospace Corporation will also provide personnel for focused science and technology studies, advanced systems architecture, systems engineering and independent reviews.

Other services provided by the firm will include components, subsystems, systems, science instruments and observations from which task orders will be provided.

Task orders also will be issued for the tracking and data relay satellite system engineering support and support for launch, ground system, spacecraft, and suborbital craft including attached shuttle or space station payloads.

The total contract is valued at $35m.