Jacobs awarded $250m deal to run NASA’s California operations

US engineering group Jacobs has been awarded a contract to take care of the aerospace testing facilities at NASA’s Ames Research Centre in California (pictured).

Jacobs will provide, operate and maintain the base’s testing equipment, and will also look after its IT systems and administration services.

The facilities at Ames includes wind tunnels and NASA’s only arc jet complex, in which gases are heated to high temperatures and supersonic speeds.

As prime contractor for the test facilities, Jacobs is supporting experiments conducted by researchers from NASA and other federal agencies, as well as commercial companies.  

The contract has a base period of two years, followed by three one-year options. It has a potential total value of about $250m.

Jacobs’ work history at Ames dates back to 1965 when it began operating the centre’s 12-foot wind tunnel.

Image: The NASA Ames Research Center (Wikimedia Commons/NASA)

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