Buck Rogers, Inc.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: After spending $3 billion on just eight space flights a year, NASA officials have decided to let the free market trim the budget for them. On Tuesday, they announced Lockheed Martin as the winner of a "bake-off" to develop America's new spaceship, the first redesign since the space shuttle project began in 1972. Lockheed, which will conduct unmanned test flights of its triangle-shaped craft in 1999, will receive just $900 million to develop the new X-33 craft, leaving most of the financial risk to the contractor, and eventually to investors. The three companies in the contest -->