Lockheed Martin to unveil asteroid mission proposal

08/31/2010 | AviationWeek.com

Lockheed Martin was to unveil a proposal this week for a mission with two astronauts to reach a Near Earth Asteroid using two Orion capsules and a dual-launch strategy as soon as 2016. The "Plymouth Rock" mission would take place nearly a decade ahead of the asteroid goal outlined by President Barack Obama in April, and Lockheed Martin officials said they have found the mission would not be as difficult as expected, with the design requirements for the lunar mission similar to those for an asteroid mission.

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