The Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI) will be located on the Homewood Campus of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. The institute will perform critical mission science activity for the forthcoming space telescope mission. The 13.1-m spacecraft is to be placed into a 600-k-high orbit by the space shuttle, and it will perform scientific investigations for at least 15 years.
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), a consortium of 14 universities, has been selected for final negotiation of a contract to establish, operate, and maintain STSI for the space telescope scheduled for launch in early 1985 on the space shuttle. The contractor's estimated cost for the initial 5-year contract is approximately $24 million. Additional funding will be required in support of a guest observer and archival research program, as it develops. The contract will contain options for three additional 5-year extensions.