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MotorCycleRider02

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#1 12 years ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Aug. 22) - The name of the new vehicle that NASA hopes will take astronauts back to the moon was supposed to be hush-hush until next week.

But apparently U.S. astronaut Jeff Williams, floating 220 miles above Earth at the international space station, didn't get the memo. Williams, through no fault of his own, let it slip Tuesday that the new vehicle's name is Orion. "We've been calling it the crew exploration vehicle for several years, but today it has a name -- Orion," Williams said, taping a message in advance for the space agency that was transmitted accidentally over space-to-ground radio. NASA planned to reveal the new name Aug. 31, when the space agency also announces which contractor will build the vehicle. Competing for the award are Lockheed Martin and a team made up of Northrop Grumman and Boeing. The crew exploration vehicle will replace the space shuttle program after it ends in 2010. Earlier this summer, NASA announced the names of the rockets that will propel the crew exploration vehicle and a cargo vehicle, respectively Ares I and Ares V. "One of the things we get into at NASA is we run around and call things by technical names and acronyms," project manager Skip Hatfield told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "This allows us to have an identity that we can use."




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I reckon the team of Northrop Grumman and Boeing will get the contract, for no reason other than it's 3 companies against 1. I think Orion is a good name, but I'm surprised it hasn't been used before.




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#3 12 years ago

Hopefully they actually carry through with this (the moon thing, not the name, that is).




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#4 12 years ago

I thought they were going to Mars...




MotorCycleRider02

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#5 12 years ago

No not yet to Mars they got them remote control things on Mars. The moon would be nice to see again.




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#6 12 years ago

No more space shuttles? Hmm, I think I've seen a picture of this new vehicle before. Looks like a big triangle, if I'm not mistaken.




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#7 12 years ago

Is it the Lockheed X-33? x33.jpg200px-X33.jpg




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#8 12 years ago
rich19I reckon the team of Northrop Grumman and Boeing will get the contract, for no reason other than it's 3 companies against 1. I think Orion is a good name, but I'm surprised it hasn't been used before.

Northrop-Grumman is a single, merged company, the same as Lockheed-Martin. Lockheed makes most of my favorite aircraft so I'm rooting for them.




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#9 12 years ago

Im rooting for Boeing. They make some pretty good aircraft.




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NighthawkNorthrop-Grumman is a single, merged company, the same as Lockheed-Martin. Lockheed makes most of my favorite aircraft so I'm rooting for them.

:sillyme:Whoops! I meant 2 companies, heh.

I don't think it's the X-33, because as the contractors haven't been chosen yet, I doubt the thing has been built.




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