Boeing Awarded $189 Million Space-Based Surveillance System Contract

Mar 30, 2004, 00:00 ET from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

    ST. LOUIS, March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A Boeing (NYSE:   BA) and Ball
 Aerospace team has won a $189 million contract to develop and initially
 operate the Space-Based Space Surveillance System (SBSS) for the U.S. Air
     The SBSS detects and tracks space objects, such as satellites and orbital
 debris. The Department of Defense will utilize data generated by the SBSS to
 support military operations. Additionally, NASA could use the information to
 calculate orbital debris collision avoidance measures for the International
 Space Station and Space Shuttle missions.
     "To be part of the team selected to develop and field this highly
 innovative and critically important space-based capability for the Air Force
 is a great honor," said Tom McDonald, vice president of Transformational Space
 Systems for Phantom Works, Boeing's advanced R&D unit.  "In addition to its
 importance to the Air Force, this program also opens an important new market
 for Boeing and industry."
     The SBSS contract calls for the Boeing team to develop a satellite, the
 ground segment, and provide launch services. The team will also be responsible
 for mission planning, mission data processing and operation of the system for
 up to one year, prior to transitioning it to the Air Force. The SBSS satellite
 is slated to be launched by mid to late 2007.
     "Boeing is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to develop and field
 this important new-generation space capability for the Air Force," said John
 Fuller, executive director, Boeing Air Force Space Systems.
     After the competitive down-select process, Boeing was chosen for the SBSS
 sub-contract by Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, acting on behalf of the U.S.
 Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
 carried out this function through the Mission Area Prime Integration Contract
 with the Air Force.  By winning this initial SBSS contract, Boeing is
 strategically positioned to compete for follow-on contracts and other related
 programs in the Space Situation Awareness (SSA) market. Current projection for
 the SSA mission area is valued at more than $2 billion.
     The Boeing SBSS program office is located in Huntington Beach, Calif., and
 draws upon Boeing expertise in El Segundo, Calif.; Maui, Hawaii; Colorado
 Springs, Colo.; and Leesburg, Va.; Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colo.; and
 Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Fla.
     Phantom Works is the advanced research and development unit and catalyst
 of innovation for the Boeing enterprise.  Through its Integrated Defense
 Advanced Systems group, it provides leading edge systems and technology
 solutions to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, one the world's largest space
 and defense businesses.
     Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a
 $27 billion business that provides systems solutions to its global military,
 government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence,
 surveillance and reconnaissance; the world's largest military aircraft
 manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading
 provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for
 U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in launch

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