Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne awarded heavy-lift launch vehicle studies contract

  • 10-Jan-2011 02:39 EST

NASA awarded Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne a $622,000 contract to conduct systems analysis and trade studies for heavy-lift launch vehicle system concepts, propulsion technologies, and affordability. Under NASA's Heavy Lift & Propulsion Technology Systems Analysis and Trade Study, P&WR will help NASA lay the groundwork for a flexible space transportation system that could deliver humans to asteroids, the moon, Mars, and beyond. The study will include an assessment of how key development decisions may affect launch systems and overall mission architectures; how innovative or nontraditional technologies may be applied to heavy-lift systems to improve affordability and sustainability; and how aspects of a heavy-lift system, to be developed by NASA, could be leveraged by the U.S DOD, commercial entities, and international partners.

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