Northrop Grumman, AFRL exploring plug-and-play spacecraft

  • 10-Dec-2009 09:17 EST

Northrop Grumman Corp. will help the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) design a spacecraft "bus" with plug-and-play capability to reduce cost and schedule in developing future space systems. The spacecraft bus is the infrastructure that serves as the platform for carrying the payload and other mission-oriented equipment. Northrop Grumman has been awarded an initial $500,000 task order for a six-month study under the AFRL's Plug-and-Play Spacecraft Technologies program. The company will deliver the study to the AFRL's Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM. The task order was awarded under an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a ceiling of $200 million.

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