NASA awards contract to Caltech for continued operations of jet propulsion laboratory

NASA announced it has awarded a contact to California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to continue operations of the agency´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the agency said.

This five-year contract has a maximum value of $30 billion, followed by five one-year options that could extend the contract to Sept. 30, 2028.

Under this contract, Caltech will continue to develop and sustain core competencies in support of NASA-sponsored work in the areas of Earth and planetary sciences, heliophysics, astrophysics, and aeronautics and space activities, to include the development of spacecraft and instruments.

Caltech also will manage NASA-sponsored programs that carry out competed and peer-reviewed research, NASA partnerships with other government agencies, academia and the private sector, and the operation, research, and management of NASA´s Deep Space Network.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.