On Wednesday, L-3 Communications Systems was awarded a contract modification by NASA worth an estimated $8.7 million. The modification extends the existing contract through Dec. 31 of this year. It had initially been for a 23-month base period that ended on Dec. 31 of 2007, with three one-year options.
The modification is for further developmental engineering on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) mission. The original contract obligated L-3 Communications to complete development and testing of SOFIA’s Airborne System, which included modification, fabrication, installation, integration, and verification of various systems falling within mission requirements.
This particular option calls for completion of the SOFIA subsystems, engineering and flight test support for the telescope captivity door-open flight tests and early flight programs, and its support of reviews leading to NASA public aircraft certification.
With two additional options periods, the contract could potentially run through Dec. 31, 2011.