Lockheed Martin to Get $375 Million for Orion Flight in 2014

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NASA intends to add $375 million to Lockheed Martin Space Systems’ $6.4 billion Orion space capsule contract so that the company can procure a Delta 4 rocket to power a 2014 test flight of the next-generation crew vehicle.

In a procurement notice posted online Jan. 6, NASA said it intends to make a sole source award to Lockheed Martin for Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1 by modifying the Denver-based company’s existing contract to build Orion, a craft also known as the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). Lockheed, won the Orion contract in 2006 as part of the now-canceled Constellation Moon- destination program.

Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) also expressed interest in Exploration Test Flight-1, according to NASA’s notice, but both companies were turned down.

Boeing and SpaceX, NASA wrote, “proposed capabilities which focused primarily on meeting one aspect of the requirement of NASA’s EFT-1 effort … a launch vehicle. However, neither company addressed the complete requirements for the end-to-end EFT-1 effort.”

Orion is scheduled to fly unmanned on NASA’s Space Launch System in 2017. It is not set to fly with humans aboard until 2021.

  • warshawski

    An unfortunate waste but predictable with the atitude of Congress. Pork over any real value. This decision removes the possibllity to demonstrate capability of Falcon Heavy. This funding could close the gap in US human spaceflight if spent on CCDev speeding up developement of Dragon escape system and providing another test flight of Falcon 9 and Dragon or even Falcon Heavy and Dragon.

  • Concerned Enthusiast

    One wonders how much of a BEO Dragon development (or similar) $375 million could buy…