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NASA Awards $196Mln Contract to Build, Maintain Infrared Telescope

© NASAArtist conception of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)
Artist conception of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) - Sputnik International
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Harris Corporation has been awarded a contract worth nearly $200 million to build and service the optical assembly on the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), the proposed successor to the Hubble, NASA announced in a press release.

"The total value of this cost-plus-award-fee contract is approximately $195.9 million," the release said on Friday. "The period of performance runs from Nov. 30 through Dec. 1, 2025."

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Harris will provide the personnel, services, materials, equipment and facilities necessary to build, refurbish or modify the optical telescope assembly, as required, to meet WFIRST performance requirements, the release added.

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WFIRST remains in the planning stage with a decision expected in April on whether the project will continue, according to a recent report in Space News.

US President Donald Trump proposed cancelling the project in his fiscal 2019 budget proposal and diverting the project’s cost of more than $3.5 billion to other NASA programs.

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