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NASA awards contract for aerospace R&D, engineering support

Stephen Kuper

NASA has awarded the Aerospace, Research, Development and Engineering Support Services (ARDES) II contract to Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, to execute robotic space missions for the agency from mission concept and formulation through data analysis.

NASA awards contract for aerospace R&D, engineering support
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The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a minimum ordering value of $50 million, and a maximum ordering value for the base period of $1 billion. The maximum ordering value of the contract, inclusive of an option period, is $2 billion.

The contract provides for placement of cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price task orders. The contract was awarded with a five-year base period, which began 30 March, and one five-year option period, which, if exercised, will begin on 30 March 2025.

Under the ARDES II contract, APL will maintain an essential research capability in space systems engineering, with supporting capabilities required to perform all aspects of robotic space missions as follows: engineering and science technology; systems test and evaluation; information technology; and simulation, modeling and operations analysis.

For more than 75 years, the Johns Hopkins University APL has provided critical contributions to critical challenges with systems engineering and integration, technology research and development, and analysis.

The APL scientists, engineers and analysts serve as advisers and technical experts to the government, ensuring the reliability of complex technologies that safeguard America's security and advance the frontiers of space.

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