$500m CEV contract for Jacobs

by Chris Bergin

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has awarded a $500 million contract to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. in a deal relevant to the development of the new Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV).

Although the money will come from NASA’s budget – rather than from the $2.1 billion MSFC coffers – the deal will see Jacobs provide engineering, science and technical services to MSFC, based in Huntsville, Alabama.

The deal consists of a one year base period, beginning in October – with four one-year options.

Jacobs is providing services across a wide range of engineering, technical, science, propulsion, program management, and business disciplines, including support to major NASA programs such as the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. Through three predecessor contracts, Jacobs has provided continuous support to NASA MSFC since 1989.

“We are very happy to be involved in this next stage of operations, as NASA looks forward to the next stage of the Vision for Space Exploration,” said a Jacobs spokesman.

Jacobs received NASA’s 2002 George M. Low Award – the agency’s premier quality and performance award for contractors – for work at MSFC. The company has also won NASA MSFC’s Contractor Excellence Award four times.

The Jacobs team supporting NASA MSFC under the new contract includes seven major subcontractors: All Points Logistics (Gainesville, Ga.); Allied Aerospace Industries, Inc. (Norfolk, Va.); ERC, Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.); Integrated Concepts Research Corporation (Alexandria, Va.); Miltec Corporation (Huntsville, Ala.); Qualis Corporation (Huntsville, Ala.); and Snyder Technical Services (Huntsville, Ala.).

“As a key provider of spacecraft and vehicle systems and technology for NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center plays a critical role in carrying out our nation’s vision for space exploration,” added Jacobs President Craig Martin.

“We are delighted to continue our support to this important client as they work toward the technological achievements necessary to sustain habitation on the moon and to send human expeditions to Mars and beyond.”

This contract award continues Jacobs’ long history of support to NASA, including current contracts at six other NASA centers: Langley Research Center, Johnson Space Center, Stennis Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, Glenn Research Center, and Ames Research Center.

Jacobs, with over 35,000 employees and revenues exceeding $5.0 billion, provides technical, professional, and construction services globally.

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