Arctic Slope Gets NASA Communications Contract

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WASHINGTON — Arctic Slope Technical Services of Beltsville, Maryland, will support the NASA office managing the agency’s space-based communications network and ground infrastructure under a contract worth up to $48.9 million, NASA announced Nov. 4.

The contract to support the space agency’s Space Communication and Navigation (SCAN) program office in Washington has a base period of one year and nine months. The performance period officially begins Dec. 1, and if NASA exercises a pair of options it could run through Nov. 30, 2020, NASA wrote in a press release.

Work includes “domestic and international spectrum management and regulatory services; programmatic management accounting tools services; web presences and applications; and education and public outreach activities,” NASA said. Work will be performed at NASA Headquarters and Arctic Slope’s facilities.

The SCAN office manages all of NASA’s communications infrastructure, including the geostationary Tracking and Data Relay Satellites network and supporting ground infrastructure and the Deep Space Network’s massive radio antennas.