Astrotech Space Operations wins task order contract from NASA to develop OCO-2 spacecraft

NASA recently awarded Astrotech Corporation’s subsidiary — Astrotech Space Operations — with a task order contract to supply payload processing services for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory – 2 (OCO-2) satellite at ASO’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, facility.

OCO-2 satellite is the very first mission given by NASA under the current Not-to-Exceed $16 million Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) task order contract which runs through December 2017. Scheduled to be sent into orbit in July 2014, the Jet Propulsion Lab satellite will mark NASA’s first dedicated Earth remote sensing satellite to study atmospheric carbon dioxide from space.

Last month, ASO Florida was assigned a Not-to-Exceed $9.1 million Infinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) task order contract from NASA to supply commercial payload processing services for satellites launched at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Astrotech Space Operations supplies all support needed for commercial and government customers to process their satellite hardware for launch. This includes advance planning, use of unique facilities, encapsulation, spacecraft checkout, fueling and transport.

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