GOVERNMENT: CONTRACTS Football Field In Outer Space

CONTRACTS Football Field In Outer Space

For aerospace contractors, it is the prize of the decade: a $17 billion U.S. space station the size of a football field. Thus when the bids for four major parts of the project arrived at NASA offices last week, the competition was weighty indeed. A typical bid package ran to nearly 20,000 pages, weighed three tons and filled scores of boxes. In one competition a consortium headed by Rockwell International and another led by McDonnell Douglas are battling for a $2 billion to $3 billion contract to build the space station's framework, air locks and guidance and communications systems.

NASA will...