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  • Frits Westra
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      SpaceDev and Boeing to team on commercial deep-space missions

      2 February 2000

      [usa.gif] SpaceDev' s Space Missions Division and The Boeing
      Company's Space and Communications Group have teamed together to
      investigate a variety of small, low-cost, deep-space mission
      initiatives formulated by SpaceDev.
      Technical and corporate staff from both companies will refine
      SpaceDev's concept of commercial missions to the Moon, Mars and
      near-Earth asteroids, involving micro-spacecraft of 250 kg mass.
      The effort also includes a global assessment of the market
      potential for such missions, and a technical and programmatic
      assessment of launch-vehicle options for such missions.
      "I believe that the next major 'New New Thing' will be the
      no-holds barred, explosive opening of space by the private sector
      and the convergence of space with the Internet, providing huge
      amounts of unique content and the largest Internet audience
      delivery mechanism to date,'' said Jim Benson, SpaceDev Chairman
      and CEO.
      Commenting on the agreement with SpaceDev, Rick Stephens, Boeing
      vice president and general manager for Reusable Space Systems,
      said, "Boeing recognises the potential for the commercial
      exploration of space. This collaborative effort will allow us to
      substantiate the projected market demand for commercial deep-space
      missions and jointly develop future market-driven solutions to
      meet this demand.''
      SpaceDev has been refining the design of its commercial Near Earth
      Asteroid Prospector (NEAP) mission since 1997 and started offering
      commercial, fixed-price Mars probe-carrier and Moon orbiter
      missions with real-time streaming video last year. In November
      1999 the company won a contract from University of California,
      Berkeley to design, build, integrate, test and operate the CHIPS
      at astronomy micro-spacecraft, NASA's first University-Class
      Explorer (UNEX) mission to proceed into the implementation phase.
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