NASA awards contract to Harris for optical telescope assembly

NASA has announced it has awarded a contract to Harris Corporation for the Optical Telescope Assembly for the agency´s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission, the company said.

The total value of this cost-plus-award-fee contract is approximately USD 195.9 million. The period of performance runs from Nov. 30 through Dec. 1, 2025.

Harris Corporation will provide the personnel, services, materials, equipment and facilities necessary to build, refurbish or modify the OTA, as required, to meet WFIRST performance requirements. The efforts include fabricating, as necessary, aligning, testing, verifying and delivering the telescope to NASA´s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The contractor also will provide post-delivery support for both the observatory integration and test program, as well as for in-orbit observatory checkout and commissioning.