Team Hopes to Design Crew Exploration Vehicle

Northrup Grumman has moved into a new office complex near the Johnson Space Center. They're working on a design to succeed the space shuttle, and hope to be picked by NASA next year to continue development

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Northrup Grumman is one of two competing teams working on the Crew Exploration Vehicle that NASA wants built to succeed the shuttle. The company's Doug Young says the so-called CEV will have several variations, according to its mission.

Young says the Northrup Grumman effort, with Houston-based Boeing NASA Systems as principal contractor, means jobs in the Houston area. Young says the new vehicle will look a lot like the old moon capsules.

NASA will make a decision on the competing teams by summer of next year.

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Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...