NASA awards CubeSat contract

NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has selected five companies to provide commercial CubeSat dispenser hardware and mission integration services, NASA announced August 23.

The five companies are:

  • Maverick Space Systems, Inc. of San Luis Obispo, California
  • NanoRacks, LLC of Webster, Texas
  • TriSept Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia
  • Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc. of Irvine, California
  • Xtenti, LLC of Dallas, Texas

The CubeSat 3 contract provides indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price task orders, with a five-year ordering period that begins Aug. 23. The maximum cumulative value of the contracts is $18 million.

The contractors will provide various-sized CubeSat dispensers and dispenser mass simulators. These dispensers will be loaded with CubeSats, mounted to a launch vehicle, and release CubeSats at a designated time after launch.

The contractors also will provide mission integration services, to include flight hardware qualification, flight hardware development and assembly, flight hardware acceptance testing, dispenser to launch vehicle interface control document (ICD) development, CubeSat to dispenser ICD development, integration of CubeSats into flight dispensers, integrated flight CubeSat/dispenser acceptance testing, flight hardware to launch vehicle integration, and mission support.

Source: NASA