For release: 08/29/02
Release #: 02-211
Boeing to use Marshall Center building for space-related work
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has signed a facility use agreement with Boeing in Huntsville, a business site of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, St. Louis, Mo., for Boeing to use part of a large building at the Marshall Center.
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has signed a facility use agreement with Boeing in Huntsville, a business site of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, St. Louis, Mo., for Boeing to use part of a large building at the Marshall Center.
Under the terms of the five-year agreement, Boeing will reimburse NASA for the use of approximately 18,000 square feet of an estimated 160,000 square feet of useable space in Building 4708. The company plans to perform space-related work for NASA, other government agencies and some private companies.
Built in 1958, the facility includes high-bay areas for work on large structures, and clean-room facilities that provide contaminant-free space for work on precision parts or systems.
A variety of work has been performed in the structure during the past 44 years. It was originally used as a missile assembly facility. During the Apollo days Saturn I rockets were constructed there along with other components for the lunar missions. It served a variety of functions from the 1970s into the mid 1980s, including office space and an area housing displays for visitors. Since 1988 it has been provided to Boeing by NASA for assembly of modules and systems for the International Space Station some of the most significant elements of the orbiting human outpost.
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. It provides systems solutions to global military, government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services.
The Marshall Center is carrying out its vision of being the world leader in space transportation systems. With its rich history spanning more than four decades, Marshall remains one of NASA’s largest field centers, occupying over 1,800 acres and employing more than 2,700 civil servants. More than 23,000 contractor personnel are engaged in work for the Center, which has an annual budget of more than $2.3 billion.
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