Jacobs Engineering Beats Lockheed for $1.9 Billion NASA Contract

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. beat Lockheed Martin Corp. to retain its biggest U.S. government contract, an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration valued at as much as $1.93 billion.

The award is for engineering and technology work at Johnson Space Center in Houston, NASA said today in a statement. It is for a maximum of nine years.

Jacobs, based in Pasadena, California, has held the contract since at least 2004, according to a NASA statement.

Michelle Jones, a spokeswoman for Jacobs, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed bid on the contract and doesn’t plan to protest NASA’s decision, Lindsay Wilson, a company spokeswoman, said in an e-mail.

“Although we are disappointed with the decision, Lockheed Martin remains committed to delivering critical capabilities for NASA,” she said.

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