NASA and SAIC Partner for Deep Space Exploration: A Look at the SMAEC Contract and Its Importance to the Commercial Crew Program and Gateway Lunar Space Station

NASA selects Science Applications International for engineering and software assistance to enhance project safety

NASA has chosen Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to offer safety and mission assurance services at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico. This partnership will be facilitated through the Safety and Mission Assurance Engineering Contract III (SMAEC), a $494 million, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract that allows for various task orders to be issued.

The SMAEC contract commenced on June 1 with a five-year base period, followed by two one-year extension options. SAIC’s support will include providing safety, reliability, and quality engineering services for NASA programs and projects in deep space, including the Orion spacecraft, Gateway lunar space station, extravehicular activity and human surface mobility, Commercial Crew Program, commercial low Earth orbit development, International Space Station, and human research programs. These programs are crucial components of NASA’s exploration efforts in deep space.

The Commercial Crew Program is part of NASA’s initiative to collaborate with private companies to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station and low Earth orbit. The Gateway lunar space station, a vital component of NASA’s Artemis program, will serve as a staging point for crewed missions to the Moon and help establish a sustainable human presence there. SAIC’s support will also extend beyond these two facilities to other NASA centers, U.S government facilities, contractor or subcontractor locations as specified in the task orders issued under this contract.

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