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Development and design company won massive contract to develop and design new rocket engines

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Inc. today announced it has won a $1.2 billion NASA contract for the design development of rocket engines for the next generation of spacecrafts. NASA awarded the funds Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to develop and test a J-2X engine that will power the upper stages of the Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles.
"We are very proud to have been selected by NASA to power the return of U.S. astronauts to the moon and beyond,” said Stephen Finger, president, Pratt & Whitney. “This contract award is another important milestone in the partnership between Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and NASA, which spans more than half a century.”

The two vehicles are part of the Orion program to send astronauts and cargo back to the moon before the year 2020.  The program builds upon the legacy of the Apollo-Saturn Program.  Liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen powers the J-2X, which provides 294,000 pounds of thrust to power the Ares vehicles.

“The J-2X builds on our knowledge and experience with the proven J-2 and J-2S engines, while simultaneously integrating state-of-the-art technology in order to give NASA a powerful, cost-effective, reliable engine,” said Jim Maser, president, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne.

The newly formed contract includes ground and flight-testing and extends through December 31, 2012.

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RE: Competition?
By Felofasofa on 7/19/2007 5:08:25 AM , Rating: 3
No, not competition, this is "Corporate Welfare". Companies like P/W, Lockheed, TRW etc, get huge sums of taxpayers cash and have to show sweet FA for it. This is where the $3 Billion dollar toilets come from, that usually don't work!

RE: Competition?
By Ringold on 7/19/2007 9:42:16 PM , Rating: 2
"Corporate welfare" is subsidies to unprofitable industries -- like solar. This is more along the lines of maintaining experience and capacity to do things "at home" with friendly firms versus alowing skill and capacity to atrophy and then realize belatedly we need more of something except that now our supplier happens to not like us, can't sell to us in order to maintain neutrality, or is downright at war with us. I suppose it could still be corporate welfare, but.. not deserving of too much negative spin.

Besides, our billion dollar toilets may not always work, but the Chinese ones at this point would probably be made out of some poisonous goop that burns your ass off. *cue the execution of another government official*

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