KBRwyle Awarded $19M to Perform Flight Ops for USGS Satellite That Fights World Hunger, Helps Earth Flourish
HOUSTON, Feb. 21, 2019
HOUSTON, Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced today that its global government services business, KBRwyle, has been awarded a $19 million contract by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to support flight operations for its Landsat 7 satellite.
The Landsat 7 satellite is part of the Landsat program, a joint initiative of the USGS and NASA. Landsat satellites provide space-based images of the Earth’s land surface, collecting valuable data that helps reduce hunger on Earth, enhances how quickly emergency response teams stabilize fires, and aids scientists in understanding humanity’s impact on the planet.
Under this contract KBRwyle will perform flight operations, system maintenance, testing, and sustainment engineering activities to support the on-orbit Landsat 7 spacecraft and payload. KBRwyle will also operate and maintain the Mission Operations Center (MOC) ground systems and backup Mission Operations Center (bMOC). Additionally, the company will continue to participate in a NASA/USGS initiative to robotically refuel the Landsat 7 spacecraft.
KBRwyle will primarily perform this work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as well as at its office in Columbia, Maryland. The firm-fixed-price, time and materials contract’s period of performance is one base year with four option years. The maximum value of this contract is $19M if all options are exercised.
“KBRwyle is proud to continue supporting this program that equips society with critical data about the Earth,” said Byron Bright, KBR President Government Services U.S. “Landsat satellites tell the story of our planet. They capture data from current events and show the evolution of our environment, providing invaluable information to decision makers.”
Landsat satellites have acquired data from across the globe for more than four decades. The National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive (NSLRSDA) at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center holds the single most geographically and temporally rich collection of Landsat data in the world, currently holding more than six million Landsat scenes.
KBRwyle provides technical support services to the USGS EROS Center. At this center, KBRwyle maintains and operates the Landsat 7 and 8 ground processing system while helping to develop the next generation Landsat 9 ground system in support of a planned 2020 launch. The EROS Center processes and distributes data from the Landsat archive and other Earth observing satellites, as well as other forms of geographic science products and information.
KBRwyle has partnered with NASA and USGS for more than two decades to help Landsat satellites provide imagery—a unique resource for those who work in agriculture, geology, forestry, regional planning, education, mapping, and global change research. KBRwyle began its legacy of support with Landsat 5 in 1994, operating the satellite to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest-operating Earth observation satellite.
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KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and technologies across the asset and program lifecycle within the Government Services and Hydrocarbons sectors. KBR employs approximately 34,000 people worldwide (including our joint ventures), with customers in more than 75 countries, and operations in 40 countries, across three synergistic global businesses:
- Government Services, serving government customers globally, including capabilities that cover the full lifecycle of defense, space, aviation and other government programs and missions from research and development, through systems engineering, test and evaluation, program management, to operations, maintenance, and field logistics
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