Mary L. Sandy Headquarters, Washington, D.C (Phone: 202/453-2754) Maj. Robert Perry Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

(Phone: 202/697-8123) RELEASE: 90-71

May 24, 1990

DOD/NASA ANNOUNCE NATIONAL AERO-SPACE PLANE CONTRACTOR TEAM The Department of Defense and NASA announced today the immediate establishment of a national team of contractors to continue the challenging research and development of the National Aero-Space Plane (NASP). With the engineering and technology bases available from Rockwell International, McDonnell Douglas, Pratt and Whitney, General Dynamics and Rocketdyne, the federal government expects to benefit from the synergism of ideas from these five organizations. As a presidentially directed joint DOD/NASA program, the NASP program objective is to develop and demonstrate hypersonic technologies with the ultimate goal of a single-stage-to-orbit vehicle. These vehicles would be capable of horizontal takeoff and landing and long range, hypersonic flight within the atmosphere. With the national contractor team, DOD and NASA take a unique first step in formulating a single team of contractors working together to develop technologies for future hypersonic aircraft. The team will conduct the design and development activities necessary to proceed with the X-30 research aircraft and develop a competitive technology base for future systems.

Instead of just one contractor coming forward with concepts in materials, propulsion and structures, this new approach will allow the government and the contractors alike to capitalize on five industry bases of technological development. The government anticipates that with breakthroughs in technology from efforts such as NASP, the United States will continue to maintain its world leadership position in aerospace technology. -end-

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