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MAJOR U.S. AEROSPACE COMPANIES JOIN TO STUDY MARKET FOR FUTURE COMMERCIAL SPACE TRANSPORTATION

 WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Five leading aerospace companies have joined with NASA to evaluate the potential for new markets that might be created if a low-cost commercial space transportation system were available.
 In an informal alliance, Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed, Martin Marietta and Rockwell International will conduct a commercial space transportation study (CSTS) to identify and characterize traditional and non-traditional markets -- a unique approach to understanding space launch needs that parallels the process used in the aeronautics industry for the High Speed Civil Transport. By focusing on the development of new and expanded space enterprises, the CSTS will address the opportunity to significantly increase the use of space and thereby dramatically lower the cost of space access. Potential non-traditional customers could range from energy companies using space power, to film companies using zero-gravity studios for special effects.
 The CSTS alliance will be funded for the market study through individual existing NASA Langley Research Center contracts, and member companies will provide additional support to complement the study. Tasks will include the identification of prospective new markets and potential users for a new system, performance of a survey of the potential market, analyses of the market, preliminary characterization of candidate launch systems, and user validation. The combined NASA and alliance effort is valued at $3 million, and is expected to be completed in November of this year.
 Should the study indicate an encouraging market outlook, the next step would be to identify enabling technologies necessary to fulfill market needs and enhance international competitiveness. Specific areas for development will be defined with requirements established by the results of the market study.
 The third step would be a technology development and demonstration effort. During this phase, concepts would be refined and driving technologies verified and demonstrated to ensure that cost goals could be achieved. Only then would full-scale system development begin.
 NASA Administrator Dan Goldin said the contractor group has proposed the type of innovative industry and government partnership that will be critical for successful future technology programs.
 "By sharing the investment and the risk, NASA could become the catalyst for a commercially viable projects such as a new, low-cost space transportation system," Goldin said. "A focus on economic returns rather than vehicle performance could create new space markets, stimulate economic growth and help revive the nation's aerospace industry."
 The five companies participating are: Boeing Defense and Space Group, Seattle; General Dynamics Space Systems Division, San Diego; Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Sunnyvale, Calif.; Martin Marietta Space Group, Denver; and Rockwell Space Systems Division, Downey, Calif.
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 /CONTACT: Cindy Naucler of Boeing, 206-773-8571; Julie Andrews of General Dynamics, 619-974-3600; Susan Walker of Lockheed, 408-742-7704; Terry Monrad of Martin Marietta, 303-977-5364; or Janet Dean of Rockwell International, 310-922-5227/
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