NASA Orion Buying Spree Makes Texas Happy Again

NASA Awards Lockheed Martin Contract for Six Orion Spacecraft, Lockheed Martin

"NASA and Lockheed Martin have finalized a contract for the production and operations of six Orion spacecraft missions and the ability to order up to 12 in total. Orion is NASA's deep space exploration spaceship that will carry astronauts from Earth to the Moon and bring them safely home. Lockheed Martin has been the prime contractor during the development phase of the Orion program."

NASA Commits to Long-term Artemis Missions with Orion Production Contract, NASA

"This is a great day for the men and women at Johnson Space Center. They are crucial to our national space program, and have an undeniable legacy and record of success in advancing America's leadership in the human exploration of space," said Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. "I am pleased that Administrator Bridenstine has heeded my calls and is taking significant steps to ensure that Johnson continues to grow with the exciting future of manned exploration that lies ahead. More needs to be done, and I look forward to production ramping up in the weeks and months to come and to more opportunities with NASA."

"As the only vehicle capable of deep space exploration, the Orion spacecraft is critical to America's continued leadership," said Rep. Brian Babin of Texas. "Today's announcement signals that we are moving closer towards operation and production. While I look forward to learning more of the details, it's encouraging to see that this program is moving along as it should be. I am proud of the Orion program team and contractor partners at Johnson Space Center as they move towards getting the vehicle 'flight ready.' Without the brilliant minds and extraordinary leadership of the hard-working men and women at Johnson, our country would not be the preeminent spacefaring nation in the world."

"The men and women at Johnson Space Center represent the best and brightest scientific minds, and I'm confident with additional Orion spacecraft they will push the limits of exploration to the Moon and beyond," said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. "I commend the Trump Administration for recognizing the importance and tradition of Houston as the center of human spaceflight and exploring the next frontier."

Keith's note: Does NASA even have a confirmed budget to build the 6 SLS rockets to actually launch these 6 Orions to Gateway? Meanwhile, It certainly looks like NASA Legislative Affairs made up for dropping the ball during the Human Lunar Lander announcement in Huntsville by getting happy quotes from the major Texas politicians.

- Texas Responds To NASA Lunar Lander Management In Alabama, earlier post
- Friday's NASA Lunar Lander Event Stirs Up Some Dust (Update), earlier post

  • submit to reddit


Loading



ICES 2020, July 12-16, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal






Monthly Archives

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Keith Cowing published on September 23, 2019 4:21 PM.

Some Space Force Fans Actually Want To Build Starfleet was the previous entry in this blog.

How SpaceX Is Perplexing NASA is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.