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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jun 15, 2005 22:54:03 GMT -6
Northrop Grumman/Boeing Space Team Selected to Compete for NASA's Crew Exploration Vehicle
A Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC - News) - The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA - News) team has been selected by NASA to compete for an award to design and build the space agency's planned Crew Exploration Vehicle, a human space-transportation system that will serve as the Space Shuttle's replacement. The competition is expected to result in an award, in early 2006, to a single contractor team to design and produce the Crew Exploration Vehicle.
NASA's Vision for Space Exploration calls for the Crew Exploration Vehicle to carry up to six astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit soon after the Space Shuttle is retired in 2010, and then on to the moon as early as 2015.