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Rutan bids to build next space shuttle

作者:伊嫣颤    发布时间:2019-03-03 01:02:06    

COULD the private space pioneer Burt Rutan end up building the successor to the space shuttle? Rutan, who last month won the $10 million X prize for flying the first private rocket into space, is part of a consortium competing to build a prototype of the vehicle. And last week, their odds of winning improved dramatically. In September, NASA awarded $3 million contracts to eight groups, including Rutan’s, to plan a new “crew exploration vehicle” for future trips to the moon and Mars. Later next year, NASA plans to award contracts to build two prototypes. Following a “fly-off” in 2008,

 

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