HP wins $2.5 billion contract with NASA

Beating out Lockheed Martin, HP will sell $2.5 billion worth of products and service to the space agency.

Hewlett-Packard has won a contract from NASA worth up to $2.5 billion.

The contract was awarded Monday and calls for Hewlett-Packard to provide and manage up to $2.5 billion worth of PCs, software, peripherals, and associated end-user and IT services for the space agency over 10 years, according to a NASA press release. Specifically, HP will offer services to support NASA personnel in business, science, research, and computation.

HP beat out longtime NASA contractor Lockheed Martin to pick up the lucrative project.

"Our team is disappointed that NASA selected another solution," Sheila Collins, a spokeswoman for Lockheed, said in a statement e-mailed to Bloomberg. "We submitted a 'best-value' solution based on our knowledge of the program and our understanding of NASA's mission. We continue to serve NASA on other contracts."

This isn't HP's first contract with the space agency. In 2007, the company took home a seven-year contract worth up to $5.6 billion to provide PCs, printers, and other hardware to any federal agency through NASA's Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement program.

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