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Moog Inc., which supplied a variety of flight control systems for the original space shuttle program, has won a $48.2 million contract to refurbish the equipment, the Elma aerospace company said Monday.

"This is a big job and good business for us, as was the original program," said Robert T. Brady, Moog's chairman and chief executive officer.

NASA is in the process of upgrading the shuttle, which has flown 103 missions over the last 20 years, to keep it operating safely throughout this decade and into the next, if necessary.

The refurbishing work is scheduled to begin in August and continue through September 2006.

Moog's actuators steer the main engines on the shuttle, while the company makes other actuators on the orbiter's wings. Moog also made a hydraulic valve system that controls the rudder and speed brake on the shuttle.

Moog also is responsible for a separate, ongoing program to refurbish the motors for the shuttle's solid rocket boosters, which are recovered after the launch.

Moog won the refurbishing work from the prime contractor for the space shuttle program, Space Shuttle USA, a jointly-owned venture between Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. that was established in 1996.

"This award establishes us as a major subcontractor for the United Space Alliance," Brady said.

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