NASA extends JPL contract to Q3 2018

PASADENA, Calif. NASA has awarded a contract extension to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to extend the operations of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL in Pasadena) through September 30, 2018.

This contract -- which  has a maximum value of $2.5 billion -- extends the agreement between Caltech and for management of JPL beyond its current expiration date; work on the cost plus fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract begins October 1.

Under the terms of the contract, NASA and JPL are tasked with developing and sustaining core competencies in support of NASA-sponsored work in the areas of earth and planetary sciences, heliophysics, astrophysics, and aeronautics and space activities. The agreement extends to 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.

JPL is a federally funded research and development center that has been managed and operated by Caltech under a contract from NASA since December 1958.

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