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SFS News: PLANETSPACE, Lockheed Martin and ATK team up to bi

Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:46 pm
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Post SFS News: PLANETSPACE, Lockheed Martin and ATK team up to bi   Posted on: Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:46 pm
PlanetSpace is announcing that they have submitted a proposal response to NASA’s recent COTS (Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Phase 1 Demonstrations) request for proposals. PlanetSpace, working closely with its team mates Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, ATK, and the Bank of Montreal (Financial Advisor), has been diligently working to put together this proposal for NASA.

PlanetSpace, a leader in commercializing space and developer of space related technologies, today announced it has submitted its proposal to NASA to flight demonstrate cargo and crew delivery capability to the ISS in response to NASA’s COTS Phase 1 RFP. “We have been working closely with our Lockheed Martin, ATK, and BMO team mates over the past 6 months and have developed an innovative, low risk business plan and technical approach that can deliver cargo to the ISS economically and has the added benefits of providing low cost launch services to commercial and NASA customersâ€

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Post    Posted on: Fri Nov 23, 2007 1:41 am
I believe that PlanetSpace's proposal for COTS 1.5 will be based on the undesigned Athena-III

http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

http://www.astronautix.com/...

From the Wikipedia Page;

"An Athena III rocket was planned, but never developed. It was to add a Castor-4A stage to the stack."

I think this is to bring the Lockmart IRB back from the dead.

Lockmart is trying to unload the dead athena launcher as an IRB in Canada.

http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/e...

http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/e...

Lockmart and ATK have nothing to lose and business gain (and in Lockmart's case money for a dead launch system).

The Athena-III is an interesting idea, but I don't know, based on articles last month, wether Canada will allow the IRB.

Good Luck PlanetSpace

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Post    Posted on: Fri Nov 23, 2007 1:43 am
Based on the slew of articles at the end October about PlanetSpace, Lockmart and IRBs with the Canadian Federal government, I see this as a final pitch to reveive the Athena IRB deal.

I guess it won't stay dead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

http://www.astronautix.com/...

If i'm right, this is VERY interesting and I wish PlanetSpace luck, alot of luck they're going to need it.

The deal I see works this way;

- PlanetSpace pitches the Lockmart Athena deal as an IRB.
- The IRB gets turned down.
- The province of Nova Scotia has cold feet and won't sign ANY deal with PlanetSpace until they can show something concrete.
- (no idea how Ohio factors into this . . .)
- PlanetSpace pitches Athena based COTS 1.5 proposal to NASA with a capsule and ATK and LockMart as partners.
- PlanetSpace has (probably) missed several od it's COTS 1.0 milestones.
- PlanetSpace is praying that NASA selects it's COTS 1.5 proposal so they can go back to the Canadian Federal government and plead the Athena IRB based on NASA money.
PlanetSpace, if successful, can then also go back to the government in Nova Scotia with NASA money and the IRB.

This will be VERY interesting to watch.

Maybe PlanetSpace will open up with some information about their COTS 1.0 milestones now.

My $ 0.02 worth.


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