[meteorite-list] NASA Awards Contract to Modify Mobile Launcher
From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 8 May 2013 16:15:46 -0700 (PDT)
May 8, 2013
rachel.h.kraft at nasa.gov
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
michael.curie at nasa.gov
CONTRACT RELEASE: C13-023
NASA AWARDS CONTRACT TO MODIFY MOBILE LAUNCHER
WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded a contract to J.P. Donovan Construction
Inc. of Rockledge, Fla., to modify the mobile launcher that will
enable the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket to
send humans to an asteroid, Mars and other new destinations in the
The work under this firm fixed-price $20.7 million contract will begin
in June and be completed in 18 months.
The mobile launcher is located at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in
Florida. Kennedy is expanding its capabilities to support the SLS
rocket and ground support infrastructure. The modifications will
enable the mobile launcher to meet vehicle processing deadlines and
the launch manifest for SLS.
SLS' first launch is scheduled for 2017. It will be a flight test to
send an uncrewed Orion spacecraft into lunar orbit. NASA's asteroid
initiative, proposed in the agency's budget request for fiscal year
2014, would use SLS and Orion to send astronauts to study a small
asteroid that will have been redirected robotically to a stable orbit
near the moon.
Midwest Steel Inc. of Detroit will be a major subcontractor to J.P.
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Received on Wed 08 May 2013 07:15:46 PM PDT