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Lockheed Martin wins $4 billion USD contract

Last week it was announced that the name Orion had been selected for NASA's next generation crew exploration vehicle (CEV). Yesterday it was announced that Lockheed Martin would be responsible for building the vehicle that will be pivotal in once again landing Americans back on the moon. The Orion CEV contract is worth an estimated $4 billion USD.

The Orion CEV will not only be responsible for transporting astronauts to the moon, but in earlier missions it will serve as a Space Shuttle successor transporting up to six crew members to and from the International Space Station. Only a crew of four is possible for lunar missions.

“We are humbled and excited as we continue our legacy of five decades of partnership with NASA in every aspect of human and robotic space exploration. Work already is underway and we are fully focused on the vital tasks that lie ahead to meet NASA’s requirements for the program. We have a world-class team of highly dedicated, highly experienced women and men who are passionate about the success of NASA’s missions,” Joanne Maguire, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.

The Orion CEV is designed to be not only much safer than previous manned space vehicles, but it will also be more efficient, more reliable and more affordable as well. NASA hopes to have the new crew vehicle operational by 2014 with manned missions to the moon taking place before 2020.



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RE: Lockheed is on a roll...
By Schadenfroh on 9/1/2006 12:47:41 PM , Rating: -1
Exactly, the money on this "orion" project would be much better spent on building more Raptor fighter jets.


RE: Lockheed is on a roll...
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/1/2006 12:51:08 PM , Rating: 2
Space is THE place. Why build an F-22, when you can further development of space, payouts will likely not be seen in our lifetimes, maybe our children's. In the long run, we need to get moving with space travel, and asteroid mining, no sense being stuck on this spec of dust when there is a whole huge galaxy out there to explore.


RE: Lockheed is on a roll...
By Tsuwamono on 9/1/06, Rating: -1
RE: Lockheed is on a roll...
By bob661 on 9/1/06, Rating: 0
RE: Lockheed is on a roll...
By rushfan2006 on 9/1/2006 2:59:00 PM , Rating: 2
Don't apologize for your rant...you aren't right anyway so it doesn't really matter.

;)



RE: Lockheed is on a roll...
By goz314 on 9/1/2006 3:08:39 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh, I can see you are someone who belongs to category A. Good luck with that. :)


RE: Lockheed is on a roll...
By Souka on 9/1/2006 3:08:11 PM , Rating: 2
Good think these rockets are envriomentally friendly! :P



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