Il 31 agosto sapremo chi costruirà ORION

La NASA ha annunciato che il 31 agosto svelerà il nome del pool di aziende che si è aggiudicato la costruzione del CEV-Orion. Ricordo che erano in lizza due gruppi composti da Northrop Grumman assiociata con Boeing, Alenia Spazio, ARES Corporation, Draper Laboratory ed United Space Alliance e quello guidato invece da Lockheed Martin associata con EADS SPACE Transportation, United Space Alliance, Honeywell, Orbital Sciences, Hamilton Sundstrand e Wyle Laboratories.

fonte: http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=20686

fonte: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crew_Exploration_Vehicle

fonte: http://www.astronautix.com/craftfam/cev.htm

Mi pare che l’Alenia dovrebbe rientrare nel progetto sia che vinca il gruppo boeing che lo vinca il gruppo lockheed,ma vado a memoria quindi può essere che sbaglio.

Bè molto probabilmente sia che vinca Boeing che Lockeed le aziende nominate nei due gruppi avranno sicuramente parte del lavoro di sviluppo e costruzione… tanto per spartire la “torta” e fare così contenti tutti… :wink:

Ecco il comunicato ufficiale

Aug. 24, 2006

Michael Braukus/Beth Dickey
Headquarters, Washington
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Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston
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MEDIA ADVISORY: M06-137

NASA ANNOUNCES CONTRACTOR FOR ORION CREW EXPLORATION VEHICLE

NASA Exploration Systems’ managers will host a press conference at 4
p.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 31, to announce the prime contractor to
design, develop, and build Orion, America’s next human spacecraft.

The press conference will be in the NASA headquarters auditorium, 300
E Street S.W., Washington. It will air live on the Web and on NASA
TV. Reporters may ask questions from participating NASA locations.
Reporters should coordinate with local agency centers by 4 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, Aug. 30 for access information.

Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission
Directorate Scott Horowitz, Exploration Deputy Associate
Administrator Doug Cooke, Constellation Program Manager Jeff Hanley,
and CEV Project Manager Caris A. (Skip) Hatfield will announce the
selection and discuss the program.

Orion is the vehicle NASA is developing to carry a new generation of
explorers back to the moon and later to Mars. Orion will succeed the
space shuttle as NASA’s primary vehicle for human space exploration.
Orion’s first flight with astronauts aboard is planned for no later
than 2014 to the International Space Station. Its first flight to the
moon is planned for no later than 2020.

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For information about NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/exploration

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