23 July 2007
News - Vehicles (Good)
Northrup Grumman Buys Scaled Composites
New home for SpaceShipTwo
by Carol Pinchefsky
by Carol Pinchefsky

On July 20, Northrop Grumman purchased Scaled Composites, the company that built SpaceShipOne, which won the Ansari X-Prize in 2004.

Although the deal was reported in a Space.com article , it has yet to be announced on Northrop Grumman's own website.

The aerospace and defense company was recently awarded a US$408 million contract for early warning and "battle management command and control" aircraft for the United States Navy. Northrop Grumman previously owned a 40% share of Scaled Composites.

There is no word on how this will effect the construction of Scaled Composites' descendant of SpaceShipOne, SpaceShipTwo.
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Carol Pinchefsky 23 July 2007
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