A number of small companies specialising in engineering, information technology, software development and mission assurance support have received a total of $200 million in contracts from Boeing to work on the International Space Station (ISS).
Boeing, which is NASA’s prime contractor for the ISS, said the contracts were awarded under the Boeing Engineering and Technical Support Service program.
The world’s largest aerospace company said that contract recipients include S&K Global Solutions, LLC; Barrios Technology, Ltd; ALATEC, Inc; Summit Technologies & Solutions, Inc; RVMTI JV, LLC; and All Points Logistics, LLC.
“Supplier partners are critical to our growth and success,” said Mark Mulqueen, Boeing ISS program manager.
“It’s important to Boeing and our NASA customer that we commit significant resources to growing our small business network through targeted outreach, mentoring programs and regular collaboration.”
During the first half of the 2016 fiscal year, Boeing Space Exploration programs – which include the ISS, Commercial Crew and Space Launch System – purchased approximately $754 million in products and services from a network of 690 suppliers.
According to the company, these purchases included contracts worth approximately $211 million awarded to small and diverse businesses.