NASA greenlights bids for $444M facility support recompete

An aerial view of the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

An aerial view of the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. NASA photo.

The aptly named COSMIC contract covers work at a pair of hubs focused on rocket engine testing and space structure manufacturing.

NASA is now ready for industry to start working on and submitting proposals for a potential eight-year, $444 million contract to provide broad facility support services at a pair of locations in the Gulf Coast.

Bids for the Combined Operations, Services, Maintenance & Infrastructure Contract are due to NASA by June 11, according to the final solicitation released Tuesday.

The agency expects to award the contract by Dec. 5 and work under the new COSMIC contract to start on July 1, 2025.

COSMIC covers logistics, environmental, safety, health and engineering services at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and Marshall Space Flight Center’s Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana.

Stennis is home to NASA's Shared Service Center and the agency's largest facility for testing rocket engines, while Michoud is a manufacturing and assembly complex focused on large-scale space structures and systems.

Syncom Space Services, a joint venture formed by BWX Technologies and the former PAE, won the incumbent contract at a $1.2 billion ceiling that has since been lifted to $1.6 billion. Amentum acquired PAE in early 2022 and inherited the stake in Syncom.