Friday, September 9, 2011

NASA, ATK to Announce Commercial Crew Agreement

NASA issued the below press release this afternoon. Your guess is as good as mine.

NASA, ATK Announce New Commercial Crew Agreement

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) managers will announce an agreement that could accelerate the availability of U.S. commercial crew transportation capabilities at 3 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The announcement will occur at the Press Site auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The event will not be carried live on NASA Television. NASA TV's Video File segment will air highlights.

The announcement participants are:
— Ed Mango, Commercial Crew Program manager, NASA
— Kent Rominger, vice president, Strategy and Business Development, ATK Aerospace
— John Schumacher, vice president, Space Programs, EADS North America

ATK manufactured the Solid Rocket Boosters for the Space Shuttle. EADS North America is "a leading supplier and industrial partner in defense and homeland security, commercial aviation, helicopters, telecommunications and services," according to its web site.

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