Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems of Houston has been awarded a six-month NASA contract extension worth $13 million to continue preparing and packing cargo for delivery to the international space station through March 2011, NASA announced Sept. 27.

Under the terms of the award, Lockheed Martin will remain responsible for preparing NASA cargo for delivery and return aboard the space shuttle, Russian Soyuz and Progress vehicles, Japanese H-2A Transfer Vehicles and European Automated Transfer Vehicles. 

Lockheed Martin was awarded the space station cargo mission services contract in 2003. This latest extension brings the logistic contract’s total value to $405 million, according to the NASA press release.

Work will continue to be performed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, and Kennedy Space Center, Fla., as well as locations outside the United States. Major subcontractors include United Space Alliance and Bastion Technologies, both of Houston, and Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville, Ala.