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NASA Awards $15 Billion Contract to Caltech to Continue Operating JPL

Published on Friday, June 29, 2018 | 8:23 pm
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA has awarded a contract to Caltech to extend operations of the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for five years, with options for five one-year extensions.

The contract extends the agreement between Caltech and NASA for management of JPL beyond its current expiration date of Sept. 30, 2018, and has a value of $15 billion for five years. The contract begins Oct. 1, 2018, and runs through September 30, 2023, with a potential extension through Sept. 30, 2028, for a total value of $30 billion.

The purpose of this contract is to develop and sustain core competencies in support of NASA-sponsored work in the areas of Earth and planetary sciences, heliophysics, astrophysics, and aeronautics and space activities, to include the development of spacecraft and instruments.

Caltech also will manage NASA-sponsored programs that carry out competed and peer-reviewed research, NASA partnerships with other government agencies, academia, and the private sector, and the operation, research, and management of NASA’s Deep Space Network.

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