Lockheed eyes new Houston operations baseJust caught the Reuters story, and there is also a Chronicle/AP one. From Reuters:
A bit of a gradiose quote, but, of course, I like it. They mean Mayor White, right? ;-) The Partnership will have to place that quote prominently in their next round of marketing materials for the city...
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE:LMT - news) on Friday said it plans to build a 1,200-employee base of operations in Houston if it were to win a hotly contested bid to design NASA's next human space flight vehicle
The company is competing against a partnership of Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC - news) and Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA - news) to lead NASA's multibillion-dollar follow-on program to the space shuttle, called the Crew Exploration Vehicle. Proposals were due on Monday and NASA is expected to chose a contractor later this year.
The new vehicles, which are based on Apollo-like capsules launched on expendable rockets, are expected to fly to the space station by 2014 and to the moon as early as 2018.
"The godhead is here in Houston," John Karas, Lockheed's vice president of space exploration, told a teleconference press briefing.