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Aerospace Giants Compete For CEV Contract

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posted on Oct, 18 2005 @ 04:13 PM
NASA's next manned space craft is due to be complete before 2012 (2010 if lucky), and the race has began to land the contract of building it!

Two of the aerospace industries biggest names are competing against each other to build the CEV (Crew Exploration Vehicle) which will most likely be the only manned craft built for NASA in teh next decade, and will be the craft to take the US back to the Moon, and then to Mars!

Originally From here!
"It's of great interest and importance," said Doug Stanley of the National Institute of Aerospace at Georgia Tech, who led NASA's efforts to design its moon and Mars program. "It costs a lot of money to build one of these so you don't get to build them very often."

Last week, one of the two competing teams pulled a black cloth off its scale model to unveil its vision of an Apollo-like space capsule. That team, of Northrop Grumman and Boeing, is competing against Lockheed Martin in a race with high stakes for both companies. The contract will provide decades of steady NASA work.

"It's important to each of them because of the shrink-down of the aerospace industry," said Charles Vick, senior fellow in space and defense policy at the policy analysis group "It's long-term employment, long-term funding."

NASA will issue its final instructions to the competitors at the end of this month, spokesman J.D. Harrington said. The space agency wants to go back to a capsule system similar to the one under the Apollo program that first took astronauts to the moon.

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An artists impression of the Northrop Grumman capsule!

Hopefully the rivalry between the two companies will give NASA a better end result!



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