NASA picked up a one-year, $22 million option on Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems’ payload-processing contract for international space station cargo, the agency announced in a March 14 press release.

It is the first of four options available under the Houston-based Lockheed subsidiary’s ISS Cargo Mission Contract, which was awarded in December 2010. The base period runs through March 31, and the option NASA has exercised extends the work through March 31, 2015. 

Services provided by Lockheed and its subcontractors under the contract include “cargo mission planning, cargo coordination, stowage integration, cargo processing, international shipping and the capability to build hardware to support pressurized and unpressurized cargo transportation,” NASA wrote in its press release.

Major subcontractors for prime contractor Lockheed Martin are: Bastion Technologies of Houston; GHG of Webster, Texas; LZ Technology of Houston; Rothe Enterprises of San Antonio; TechTrans International of Houston; Stress Guys of Houston; and the University of Texas, El Paso.