NASA Extends Lockheed Martin’s Contract For Hubble Operations

Image Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

August 31, 2016 – NASA has awarded a contract extension to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corporation to continue maintaining the health and safety of the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope observatory through the next phase of its science mission.

Mission Operations, Systems Engineering, and Software (MOSES) II is a cost-plus-fixed-fee, sole source extension valued at approximately $114.3 million, with a performance period that ends June 30, 2021.

Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will conduct all non-science elements of Hubble operations to ensure safe and efficient control and utilization of the space observatory, maintenance and operation of Hubble-unique facilities and equipment, and creation, maintenance, and utilization of Hubble operations processes and procedures.

Lockheed Martin also will perform systems engineering tasks required to properly maintain the space observatory’s flight and ground systems, including optimizing mission system capabilities to maximize Hubble operations effectiveness and science productivity.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems was responsible for building Hubble’s cylindrical casing and the Support Systems Module, and for integrating the telescope.

The Hubble Space Telescope, a joint ESA and NASA project, has made some of the most dramatic discoveries in the history of astronomy. From its vantage point 600 km above the Earth, Hubble can detect light with ‘eyes’ 5 times sharper than the best ground-based telescopes and looks deep into space where some of the most profound mysteries are still buried in the mists of time.