May 9, 2013
NASA Awards Contract To Modify Mobile Launcher
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 solar system.
The work under this firm fixed-price $20.7 million contract will begin in June and be completed in 18 months.
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. Donovan Construction.
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