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NASA Gives United Technologies Unit $80 Million Contract

By | April 2, 2007

      NASA chose a unit of United Technologies Corp. [UTX] for an $80 million total value contract to work on the space shuttle program and a segment of the next-generation Constellation space exploration program.

      Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc., of Canoga Park, Calif., will provide hardware assurance testing at Stennis Space Center.

      The cost-plus-award-fee contract is for a one-year period with four one-year option periods.

      Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne will perform space shuttle main engine testing and testing of Constellation program engines and propulsion systems. The contractor also will perform engine and propulsion systems testing as needed for other NASA programs, as well as provide hardware assurance and engineering support, including design work.

      The Constellation program is to replace the space shuttles in sending humans and materiel aloft, first to low Earth orbit, later to the moon, and thence to Mars.

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