For release: 05/03/02
Release #: 02-112
NASA awards Rocketdyne $1.14 billion Shuttle Main Engine contract
NASA has awarded a $1.14 billion contract to The Boeing Company's Rocketdyne Propulsion for maintenance and support of the Space Shuttle Main Engine for the next five years. The contract includes on-going flight and test engineering, as well as engine refurbishment. The Shuttle Projects Office at the Marshall Center manages the Main Engines.
Photo: Space Shuttle Main Engine during a test at Stennis Space Center, Miss. (NASA/SSC)
NASA has awarded a $1.14 billion contract to the Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power unit of the Boeing Company, Canoga Park, Calif., for maintenance and support of the Space Shuttle Main Engine for the next five years.
The contract calls for Rocketdyne to support the Space Shuttle flight manifest. Support includes on-going flight and test engineering, as well as engine refurbishment. In addition, the contract requires the manufacture, assembly, test and delivery of three additional Space Shuttle Main Engines.
The contract also provides engineering support to both Main Engine processing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., and Main Engine test firing at NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss., as well as engine design, manufacturing and engineering management at the Rocketdyne facility.
A cluster of three Main Engines on each Shuttle provides much of the power needed to launch into low-Earth orbit. They are the world's only large reusable liquid rocket engines. After the Shuttle orbiter lands, the engines are checked and prepared for the next flight. Some components are returned to Rocketdyne for refurbishment.
The Space Shuttle Main Engine Project is managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. Marshall is a key leader for NASA's development of space transportation and propulsion systems.
Rocketdyne has been providing Shuttle Main Engines since 1972, assembling 106 engines.