NASA orders more space missions from Northrop Grumman
Order brings total from Falls Church-based contractor to 14
NASA has ordered 12 more resupply missions to the International Space Station, six of which have been placed with Falls Church-based Northrop Grumman, the space agency announced March 25.
Another six missions are from Elon Musk’s California-based SpaceX.
According to NASA’s announcement, the missions, part of its Commercial Resupply Services-2 contracts, are to ensure continuous science and cargo delivery enabling crew members to continue research and development to benefit Earth while supporting human missions to the Moon and Mars through 2026.
The latest order brings the total resupply missions under the CRS-2 contract since to 32 since 2016; 14 ordered from Northrop Grumman, 15 from SpaceX and three from Colorad0-based Sierra Space.
The potential maximum value of all contracts is $14 billion. NASA orders missions as needed and the total paid under the CRS-2 contract is dependent on mission types that are ordered, the space agency said.
Northrop Grumman employs more than 90,000 people and reported $33.8 billion in 2019 revenue.