Astrotech Corporation has been awarded a NASA task order contract to provide payload processing services for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory - 2 (OCO-2) satellite at ASO's Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, facility.
OCO-2 is the first mission awarded by NASA under the current Not-to-Exceed $16 million Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) task order contract that runs through Dec. 2017. The Jet Propulsion Lab satellite, scheduled to launch in July, 2014, will be NASA's first dedicated Earth remote sensing satellite to study atmospheric carbon dioxide from space.
"Astrotech is proud to have been selected by NASA for this important mission," states ASO General Manager Don M. White, Jr. "We are excited to play a role in gathering these critical CO2 measurements."
In January, NASA awarded a Not-to-Exceed $9.1 million Infinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) task order contract to ASO Florida to provide commercial payload processing services for satellites launched at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.