NASA unit awards software testing work to Titan, Northrop Grumman IT

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has awarded five-year, $200 million contracts to Titan Corp. of San Diego and to Northrop Grumman Corp. to compete for work involving the independent verification and validation of software services, the space agency announced this month.

Under the task-order contracts, Titan and Northrop Grumman Information Technology of Herndon, Va., will provide NASA with the capability to independently verify and validate selected software at the agency's IV&V facility in Fairmont, W.Va., and other locations.

Verification determines whether the safety requirements for the software are being fulfilled, while validation ascertains whether the software designed for a specific use meets the needs of the mission or agency.

The work will support programs such as the International Space Station, space shuttle and the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA said.

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