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Lockheed Gets $485M From NASA To Create MAVEN Craft 94

coondoggie writes to tell us that Lockheed Martin has landed a $485 million contract to create the spacecraft for NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) project. "MAVEN is the second mission in NASA's Mars Scout Program — a series of small, low-cost, principal investigator-led missions to the Red Planet, NASA said. The Phoenix Mars Lander was the first mission under the program. Lockheed Martin is the industry partner on the Phoenix mission. It designed and built the spacecraft, and also provided flight operations and currently surface operations for the lander. The mission has been extended through Sept. 30, 2008."
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Lockheed Gets $485M From NASA To Create MAVEN Craft

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  • MAVEN not MAVAN (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday September 19, 2008 @04:12PM (#25076923)

    It's MAVEN (In the article), not MAVAN (which is in the title)

  • I sure hope they choose the metric system!

    Wait, or was that standard...

    Ah whatever, it'll fly anyway.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Daimanta ( 1140543 )

      "I sure hope they choose the metric system!"

      Well, I was thinking about it. Is it $485M metric or imperial dollars?

  • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) * on Friday September 19, 2008 @04:19PM (#25077057)
    Forget that MAVAN shit. If you're ready to part with gas, grass, or ass, you can ride in MYVAN for free.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Forget that MAVAN shit. If you're ready to part with gas, grass, or ass, you can ride in MYVAN for free.

      Should be no problem, I had mexican for lunch.

    • NASA this week awarded Lockheed Martin a $485 million contract to design, build and operate the spacecraft for NASA's 2013 space mission known as Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) program.

      I would've done it for $420 million, but they never asked.
  • Hope Lockhead's repository has all the necessary jars, or this build is gonna fail hard. I mean, maven's okay for what I do, but I would hope that for 480 million, they could come up with something a bit nicer.

  • We all know that the overpaid Slashdot editors can't be bothered with correcting the text of the submissions, much less to check the links in the submission. But I have not seen, so far, that they would manage to get the title wrong, too!?

    For the record, at this moment the title of this story reads "Lockheed Gets $485M From NASA To Create MAVAN Craft".

  • by alta ( 1263 ) on Friday September 19, 2008 @04:36PM (#25077377) Homepage Journal

    So, we're not going to have a highly publicized 6 month bid process, and then give it to the company with the better plane, and then take it away because the local company is crying about sour grapes? And then have them both re-bid, and then cancel that project because it looks again like the company that start with a B is starting ti whine AGAIN because they just can't compete in the competitive market because their damn plane just isn't good enough. So we scrap the whole damn idea till "later" and make our guys fly around in 30 year old gas filled bombs with outdated electronics hoping that one doesn't fuckin' blow up over a residential area?

    What's the fun in that? I didn't get a notice to bid! I'm going to congress!

    • Pfah. A bidding war for a $485M contract? Not worth it.
      • by alta ( 1263 )

        you're right. I'm stupid. That was a $30B contract...

        $485 Million is like their lunch money.

    • Bidding process has been over for a while ... but there was a cost increase of $10mil because of delays related to some sort of conflict of interest [].

      (and what the hell's up with the Lockheed spin? CU-Boulder is the ones who won the proposal ... Lockheed's a subcontractor at most)

    • You missed the first phase of it, with the contract being awarded without much oversight to the local company after the awarding officer is promised a position, then the sexual antics that follow with executives leading to the downfall of two of them. That part is much more interesting.

  • I wouldn't be surprised if some shill zings me as off-topic or inflammatory, but...

    Is this the *same* outfit that got hundreds of millions, if not *billions* for the widely-ridiculed Bertholf National Security Cutter widely derided as a boondoggle and which might not see more copies built because that outfit couldn't coordinate with subcontractors to get the damned communications systems' TEMPEST security wiring in place?

    Ok... how can *i* get just $50,000 of that cash without killing, blackmailing, or doing

    • kissed up to the current office holders ..which just so happens to be the Republcians.
      • Thread of the subject's contractor (Lockheed)

        While I'm grateful for one Admiral Elmo Zumwalt for making changes that made Navy life better before I joined (well, a number of admirals hated his guts, and a number he had to fire, IIRC), I am glad it appears the DDG-1000 design is not going to see too many more copies. It is just an ungainly appearance, un-naval looking, and it seems more navies using Aegis want the DDG-51 look (for now...). Every time i LOOKED at the DDG-1000 my stomach growled. It's too bad

        • by Kagura ( 843695 )
          Correct me if I'm wrong, because this is an interesting topic, but to summarize your post: "Aesthetics are more important than stealthiness of ships at sea from radar." There are other failures from the program, but you bring up its looks instead.
  • I think they picked the wrong subcontractor to build the prototype [].

  • Uh, what? (Score:1, Troll)

    by jd ( 1658 )

    Small, low-cost investigator-led missions in an atmosphere. In other words, robotic hang-gliders, gliders and microlights. And this is going to cost $485 million? How many does NASA expect to get for that? The Germans had mastered the basic technology in the 40s, with rocket-launched glider bombs, radiation-proofing by better shielding rather than expensive layouts has been used in space vehicles for ages now, and UAVs have become practically commonplace. Yes, you need more reliable unfurling systems, as yo

    • by smoker2 ( 750216 )

      Hell, in the Martian atmosphere, all you really need for this kind of stuff is a collapsible, inflatable R100, the 3D solar panels that high-schooler DID design, and some ultra-light electric motors.

      Did you know they have 60mph winds on Mars ?

      • by jd ( 1658 )

        The R100 plan is ideal for exactly those sorts of conditions. The original actually did fly through some really nasty storms - quite possibly 60mph or worse - and modern materials and building techniques should provide vastly superior structural strength. The superior shape to modern blimps means you should be able to fly directly into 60mph winds, as you have a far and away lower profile. For the same reason, side winds should be much less of a threat. However, the R100 is usually also described as much st

  • No, not that one. This one. []

    Oh, wait, scratch that. It will look completely different and won't use any previous research. I mean they already spent some money to come up with a new acronym, so why not go all the way?

  • congress has issues with spending a couple of hundred millions making sure that a capsule is ready by end of 2010. Amazing.
  • I keep thinking of "Project Hoyven Maven" from The Simpsons ;)=
  • Aren't we supposed to go to Titan? Nobody reads Stephen Baxter anymore? :)
  • []

    check out: "The Lucifer Project" listed on my site.

  • The ships can simultaneously be stealthy and attractive. One example: every navy has standards and many have differentiation in appearances due to national and architectural and service input. Anyway, while i am happy th SK navy and the JMSDF have formidable ships, i wish the SK would effectively or economically find a way to to suck up or give in to political reasons resulting in the King Sejong The Great looking like another Burke clone. SK can do BETTER than THAT. Atago is sexier than DDG-8+.

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