Not all commercial space contracts are for high-powered rocket engines or high-profile high tech, but even behind-the-scenes contractors can tap into serious money doled out by NASA on behalf of sundry projects and facilities.
To wit: The U.S. space agency has awarded a contract potentially worth up to $355 million to Jacobs Technology of Tullahoma, Tenn., for testing, maintenance and other support operations at Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.
The contract has a base period of two years, beginning Feb. 2. Three subsequent one-year options would run it up to its maximum value.
The support contract is primarily connected to operations at Ames’ Unitary Plan Wind Tunnels and its Arc Jet Complex. The facilities support a variety of programs and projects for NASA, other government agencies and the private sector.
On-site test facilities include test chambers, operating systems, drive systems, instrumentation, data acquisition systems and model mounts.