US: NASA has awarded its Sounding Rocket Operations Contract III to Greenbelt, Maryland-based Orbital ATK. The contract has been awarded to support the agency’s Sounding Rockets Program. The cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, with a technical performance incentive fee, has a one-year base period and four one-year options. The total contract value, including the option periods, is approximately $199.5 million.
Under this contract, Orbital ATK will manage and be responsible for providing all associated services and supplies for the Sounding Rockets Program, except those provided as government-furnished property. This includes the design, fabrication, integration and flight qualification testing of sub-orbital payloads, as well as the provision of launch vehicles, associated hardware and various activities associated with subsequent mission launch operations. The contractor will conduct an estimated 18 launches per year throughout the period of performance.
The work will be performed at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia; White Sands Missile Range in White Sands, New Mexico; remote launch sites, including the Poker Flat Research Range in Fairbanks, Alaska and Andoya Rocket Range in Andenes, Norway; and mobile launch sites, including Reagan Test Site in Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Woomera Test Range in Woomera, Australia.