HERNDON, Va., Dec. 12, 2006 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has selected a team of companies, including Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), to provide engineering-related services for the Mechanical Systems Engineering Services (MSES) II/A contract.

Northrop Grumman is a subcontractor to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies on the indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity task-order contract, which is potentially valued at $400 million over five years. Northrop Grumman's contract is potentially valued at $40-$80 million, depending on the task orders received.

Northrop Grumman will provide mechanical engineering-related services to Goddard's Mechanical Systems Division and other NASA organizations in the areas of materials, structural analysis and loads, design, thermal, contamination and coatings, and integration and test. Contract work is scheduled to begin Feb. 1, 2007.

MSES II/A is a comprehensive contract that provides for the evaluation of the mechanical engineering operations of space flight and ground system hardware and software, including development and validation of new technologies to enable future space and science missions. MSES II/A provides support to NASA programs such as Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, James Webb Space Telescope, and Solar Dynamics Observatory, among several others.

"Being selected for this contract speaks a lot about the skills of our team and the solutions we offered to the customer," said Dave Werkheiser, vice president of Life Cycle Optimization and Engineering for Northrop Grumman's Technical Services sector. "We look forward to continuing to build on our strong reputation with Goddard and the NASA community through our performance on this visionary work."

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

  CONTACT:  Bryan Culbert
          Northrop Grumman Technical Services
          (703) 713-4488
          bryan.culbert@ngc.com