NASA expands freezer contract with UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The nation’s space agency is increasing a contract with engineers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

A news release from the school says NASA has doubled a multi-year deal for the UAB Engineering Innovation and Technology Development group to provide and maintain refrigerated storage units for the International Space Station.

The contract is now worth as much as $50 million.

The UAB group has provided the space station with freezers that can store items at temperatures as cold as minus-256 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-160 Celsius). They’re used in the galley and other areas of the orbiting platform.

Individual freezers are monitored on the UAB campus while in space.

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