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NASA Has Awarded Three Contracts Totaling $137.3 Million Dollars
An expanded view of an artist rendering of the 130-metric-ton configuration of NASA's Space Launch System shows the many different elements of the rocket design. 130 ton Cargo Expanded View (NASA/MSFC)
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NASA has awarded three contracts totaling $137.3 million to improve the affordability, reliability and performance of an advanced booster for the Space Launch System, or SLS, which is managed by the Marshall Space Flight Center. The awardees will develop engineering demonstrations and risk reduction concepts for a future version of the SLS, a heavy-lift rocket that will provide an entirely new capability for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit.

Read more: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/about/star/star121003.html#sls