As part of the $1.18 billion contract, the space agency also tasked Boeing with assessing the feasibility of continuing the orbiting space lab’s multinational operations even longer.
“This is a continuation of the successful relationship with NASA and 16 partner nations in maintaining the health of the station,” said John Elbon, vice president and general manager, Boeing Space Exploration. “It builds on Boeing’s tradition of innovation and technological advancement to incorporate efficiencies and improve performance to the station as its importance to the future of human spaceflight continues to grow.”
Launched in 1998, the ISS has been in continuous occupied use since Nov. 2, 2000. NASA wants Boeing to detail how it can be upgraded for service through 2028.
NASA’s principal multinational partners in the space station include space agencies from Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada.
Boeing will continue to provide the ISS with hardware and software support from sites including NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, John F. Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Fla., and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., as well as various international locations.
Chicago-bed Boeing is publicly traded (NYSE: BA). Its shares rose $2.24, or almost 2%, to close at $130.99 after the deal was announced Sept. 30.