Nasa Plans to launch Advanced launch vehicles and signed contracts with two US-based companies namely General Atomics and Precision Mechanical in a deal worth $98.8m.
The First Contract Includes a total potential value of $60.3m, for the production, fabrication and installation of a new LH2 storage sphere with a minimum capacity of 1.25 million gallons, which also includes the integration of associated vaporisers, a flare stack and propane system, fill manifold, piping, valves, and controls with latest technology advancements to Liquid Hydrogen (LH2) System at Launch Complex 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, So that Precision Mechanical will be secured.
Hence, Launch Complex 39B, a rocket launch site at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment. Once if the Installation and Upgrading process is done, NASA experiences efficient and advanced Orion Spacecraft for their first Integrated Uncrewed flight test”.
The Second contract includes will include the delivery of necessary services to host the space agency’s Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) instrument on a commercial satellite in low-Earth orbit for General Atomics based in San Diego, California which was valued approximately $38.5m, work on the firm-fixed-price contract is slated to continue until 30 August 2027.
This contract also includes the integration planning, contractor ground system design, integration, testing, and readiness; MAIA instrument-spacecraft integration, test, and pre-launch processing; spacecraft and launch vehicles; launch and MAIA in-orbit checkout; and on-orbit spacecraft operations to enable instrument operations for the space agency located at Nasa’s Langley Research Centre in Hampton, Virginia, USA.