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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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Conflict of interest?
By vailr on 9/1/2006 8:46:19 PM , Rating: 0
Vice President Cheney's wife Lynn Cheney is employed as a director of Lockheed-Martin. And many believe that Dick Cheney is the "real" Decider president, not George W. Bush. So, it's back to the future, with a 1970's Nixon/Ford White House officials influencing NASA's choice of a 1960's-era space capsule design. (Note: both Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld once worked for President Ford. Ford was appointed Vice President by Nixon; he didn't get there via the election process.)

RE: Conflict of interest?
By Knish on 9/2/2006 4:44:41 PM , Rating: 1
Americans will look back at the bush years and be very appalled one day.

RE: Conflict of interest?
By Jedi2155 on 9/3/2006 8:17:08 AM , Rating: 1
Or worse....pleased......

RE: Conflict of interest?
By artbronze on 9/3/2006 11:55:43 PM , Rating: 2
People may look back at the Bush administration in many ways. In fact they may look back historically at the Bush administration in ways that people do not expect. The United States has historically backed the state of Isreal without any question. I am not 100 percent positive about Bushes reasons for going into Iraq but what can be undeniably said is that Americans have fought and died for the freedom of the Iraqi people. We freed them from a dictator who was arguably as bad as Adolf Hitler. All I'm trying to say here is that we have fought for the freedom of the English the French the Germans and also the Jewish state in the past. No one can say we are prejudiced against Arabs or Islam as we have fought bled and died for Arabs in Iraq and Afganistan. What we are trying to achieve with Iraq right now is at the very core of our own freedom, the seperation of religeon from the state and the freedom from religeous persecution. At stake in Iraq is the idea that a people can democratically choose a destination instead of a few religeous zeolots that force their will through violence on the rest of a people. I am sure the women of Afganistan and Iraq may someday thank us for the ability to walk around without burkas and be treated as second rate citizens. What we are trying for in these countrys is a very noble experiment in freedom and tolerance, the only question that remains is if the people there can grasp the significance of what is being offered them and take advantage of this priceless opertunity for cultural and intelligent advancement.

RE: Conflict of interest?
By captchaos2 on 9/4/2006 1:33:11 AM , Rating: 2
Why do people keep forgetting that the more allied countries we get in the Middle-East, the less problems we'll have with psychotic terrorists? Save the whales, but forget the women and children in dictatorships.

RE: Conflict of interest?
By mino on 9/7/2006 10:21:50 AM , Rating: 1
I guess teh reason is that Iraqi terrorists did not exist before US came there ?

RE: Conflict of interest?
By ThorN15 on 9/5/2006 7:23:06 AM , Rating: 2
Lockheed Martin - pretty sure a big way of saving money. (being sarcastic)

President Rosewell said after the second WWII that nevera a defense contracter firm should have their feet in the Pentagon. What is happening today? A little Iraq invasion (eventhough clearly no weapons of mass destruction found), large amount of bombs delievered to Israel etc

In the meanwhile the Chinese are building their own little space program at great pace. Surely, they dont care too much about safety... plenty of people and human rights. Mmmh, what human rights? Maybe, with this whole Globalisation thing we should give the contrat to the Chinese. It is cheaper and we don't have to worry about safety etc. LOL

RE: Conflict of interest?
By Master Kenobi on 9/6/2006 9:33:33 AM , Rating: 2
Different Ideologies. Over here if a space shuttle explodes, the program gets frozen in ice as every politician demands answers and safety precautions.

In China, if it blows up, so what, find out why, but while preping another launch, no need to halt the program just because of one accident, plenty of people to replace the handfull that got vaporized. Thats the Chinese mentality.

As you can see, its a different way of doing things, and different priorities. While we might place the highest regard on safety, China's successful space program is their highest priority, and I can't help but think they have it right.

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