NORTHROP/BOEING LOSES ORION PACT.Byline: JIM Jim
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PALMDALE -- The Northrop Grumman/Boeing team -- and Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, -- lost out on designing and building the nation's next manned spacecraft This is a list of manned spacecraft (including space stations) sorted by manufacturer/operator and series in chronological order. Operational spacecraft
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Northrop Grumman/Boeing team officials revealed that if they had won the contract to build Orion, they planned to conduct work in El Segundo El Segundo (ĕl sēgŭn`dō), industrial city (1990 pop. 15,223), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1917. Its products include navigation and computer systems, aircraft parts, office machines, telephone apparatus, and , Redondo Beach Redondo Beach (rĭdŏn`dō), city (1990 pop. 60,167), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on the Pacific Ocean; inc. 1892. Once a commercial port for Los Angeles, it is a residential and resort city with a protected harbor and an excellent marina. and San Bernardino San Bernardino, city, United States
San Bernardino (săn bûr'nədē`nō), city (1990 pop. 164,164), seat of San Bernardino co., S Calif., at the foot of the San Bernardino Mts.; inc. 1854. . Nothing was planned for Palmdale, where both companies operate work sites at Air Force Plant 42.
While very disappointed with NASA's selection of Lockheed Martin to take on the Orion project, officials said other space exploration opportunities are available. Those include designing and building the space booster rockets to propel cargo and crew into space, a propulsion segment to take astronauts out of Earth's orbit and onward to the moon, and the vehicle that will land on the moon.
``We will be competing on those,'' said Northrop Grumman spokesman Jim Hart. ``We've been working with NASA NASA: see National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Independent U.S. and DoD (the federal Department of Defense) for 40 years on space systems. We are well-positioned to use that expertise on the next elements.''
Hart said Northrop Grumman and Boeing will remain partnered as they work on other segments of NASA's plans for returning astronauts to the moon and on future trips to Mars.
The team is already working with NASA, developing requirements for space boosters and on the lunar-lander segments of the effort, Hart said.
Hart noted that what was then Grumman Aircraft built the original lunar lander for the Apollo program. Grumman merged with Northrop in the 1990s.
Northrop's partner, Boeing, acquired Rockwell, the company that served as the prime contractor on both Apollo and the space shuttle.
Efforts to attract NASA work on Orion to California were also dealt a blow this week as a proposed tax credit for the project failed to gain a foothold in the state Legislature. The tax credit, proposed by Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, would have provided a 10 percent tax credit on wages paid and equipment purchased for the program.
Runner had hoped the tax credit could have been used to attract work for subcontractors on the project.