Contracts Awarded for Mars Ascent Vehicle Concept Studies NASA

NASA’s Mars Technology Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Califfornia, has awarded three industry contracts for the development of concepts for a small rocket that will lift science samples gathered by NASA’s Mars Sample Return mission from the Martian surface and support their return to Earth. A panel consisting of propulsion experts including NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and JPL selected these companies from the five that responded to the request for proposals. The awardees are: – Boeing Company, Huntington Beach, California – Lockheed Martin Corporation, Denver, Colorado – TRW, Redondo Beach, California