The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory has received a potential 12-year, $563.5M contract extension to helpÂ NASA manage a space observatory built to detect X-ray emissions from outer space.
SAO will continue to supportÂ Chandra X-ray ObservatoryÂ system engineering, ground system development and maintenance; scientific research; outreach; and mission execution and planning activities through the Chandra X-ray Center in Cambridge, Mass., the agency said Wednesday.
The contract extends the performance period throughÂ Sept. 30, 2024, and includes two three-year options that could further extend work until Sept. 30, 2030.
NASA launched the Chandra satellite onÂ July 23, 1999 to serve asÂ the agency’s flagship observatory for X-ray astronomy.
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory is a research arm of the Smithsonian Institute that jointly operates with the Harvard College Observatory as part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.