NASA Buys Additional Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motors

Dec 16, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA has purchased two reusable solid rocket motors from ATK Launch Systems Inc. of Brigham City, Utah, to provide a "launch on need" rescue capability for the final planned space shuttle mission, targeted for September 2010.

The reusable solid rocket motors are the propellant-loaded sections of the solid rocket boosters that provide thrust for the first two minutes of a shuttle flight. The $64.6 million modification brings the total value of the contract, which was awarded in October 1998, to $4.1 billion and covers work started in February to produce and transport the two motors.

Work will be performed at the contractor's plants in Brigham City and Clearfield, Utah, and facilities at NASA's Marshall Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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RayCherry
not rated yet Dec 16, 2009
And this is newsworthy? Why?
Local employment news for Brigham City?

Important, for sure ... but here? On PhysOrg?