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Press Release 93-79
Linda S. Ellis
(Bus: 216/433-2900)

NASA Selects GE, Pratt & Whitney for Contract Negotations

Cleveland, OH -- NASA Lewis Research Center has selected the team of General Electric Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio and United Technologies Pratt & Whitney Division, West Palm Beach, Fla., for final negotiations leading to award of a contract to develop critical propulsion component technologies for a future U.S. high-speed civil transport.

Work under the 8-year contract could begin as early as February 1994 at the contractors' plant in Cincinnati and West Palm Beach. Value of the cost-plus-award fee contract is expected to be just under $300 million.

The goal of the critical propulsion components program is to achieve technology readiness that will permit U.S. industry to proceed confidently with development of an economically viable, environmentally acceptable high-speed civil transport propulsion system.

This research could allow U.S. industry to develop and manufacture an airplane that could fly 300 passengers across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans at 2.4 times the speed of sound -- about 1350 mph.

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