Kirsten Williams Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-0243) Bruce Buckingham Kennedy Space Center, FL (Phone: 321

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June 16, 2000

NASA AWARDS NASA LAUNCH SERVICES CONTRACTS NASA today announced the awards for the NASA Launch Services (NLS) contracts, which will provide a broad range of launch services for NASA planetary, earth-observing and scientific payloads. NASA selected both Boeing Delta Launch Services, Inc. and Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, Inc. for award of an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract with a minimum of one launch service to each contractor, spanning a 10-year period. NASA has the ability to order up to a total of 70 launch services under all NLS contracts bringing the total estimated value to $5 billion. Included in the 70 launch services, Boeing Delta Launch Services, Inc. was awarded three firm missions with a value of more than $168 million and five option missions with a potential value of over $248 million, with an overall value of about $417 million. "Boeing Delta Launch Services, Inc. and Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, Inc. were selected based on their ability to meet NASA's highly critical future mission requirements and their proven track records for providing a quality product over the years to NASA," said Scott Kerr, Chairman, NLS Source Evaluation Board. "We look forward to continuing our growing relationship with these companies and are encouraged by what they have in store for the future of expendable vehicles." The NLS contracts provide launch services to support the goals and objectives of NASA's Earth Science, Space Science, and Human Exploration and Development of Space Enterprises. NASA Launch Services contracts provide domestic launch services with a range of launch vehicles with a minimum performance capability of delivering NASA payloads weighing 3,300 pounds or greater to a low

earth orbit. In addition to the awarded firm and option missions, the NLS contains an innovative "on-ramp" clause under the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract portion. The "on-ramp" creates an opportunity for emerging launch service providers and incumbents to introduce qualified launch vehicles not available at the time of the award of the initial contracts, to compete for as many as 60 additional launch service requirements planned over the life of the contract period of performance. The principal work locations for Boeing Delta Launch Services, Inc. are Huntington Beach, CA; Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA; and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. The principal work locations for the Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, Inc. are Denver, CO, and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. -end-