ITT Exelis selected for NASA Deep Space Network subcontract by Jet Propulsion Laboratory


ITT Exelis selected for NASA Deep Space Network subcontract by Jet Propulsion Laboratory

HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has selected ITT Exelis (NYS: XLS) to provide maintenance, operations, and engineering services for NASA's international Deep Space Network (DSN). The subcontract has a base period of performance of five years, with incentive provisions that can extend the contract up to 10 years for a total value of $435 million.

Under the DSN subcontract, Exelis will support an international network of communications complexes that supports interplanetary robotic spacecraft missions performing radio, radar, and astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe, as well as selected Earth-orbiting missions. Exelis work includes support of key space exploration missions such as Voyager 1 and 2, Mars Exploration Rover Project, Curiosity and the Cassini Saturn mission.

"This award extends Exelis support of NASA's critical communications networks over the past 25 years," said Pamela Drew, president of Exelis Information Systems. "We are uniquely positioned to leverage our combined Near-Earth and Deep Space Network experience and draw from the integrated capabilities across our businesses to unlock tremendous value in support of NASA's missions."

Exelis will provide operations and maintenance of 10 large antennas; test, logistics and maintenance repair facilities; multiple network and communication systems; several communications centers; and a public relations outreach facility and program. Exelis will also support JPL's Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex site security including automated security systems; one major power generation plant; and a major environmental protection program. DSN engineering includes software, network, and facility engineering. In addition, Exelis will provide support to modify, test and evaluate the existing DSN systems to meet the unique requirements associated with each different interplanetary mission.

Exelis provides all necessary maintenance, operations, and engineering support to operate and maintain JPL's Goldstone, Calif., complex; accomplish DSN network operations and maintenance; support problem analysis and resolution; support network engineering efforts; and support radar, radio, and astronomy activities.

Exelis additionally provides logistics support for DSN facilities in Madrid, Spain, and Canberra, Australia.

About ITT Exelis

Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and technical services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in communications, sensing and surveillance, critical networks, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in C4ISR, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 19,900 people and generated 2012 sales of $5.5 billion. For more information, visit our website at or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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