Lockheed Proposing Early Asteroid Exploration

By Mark Carreau

HOUSTON — Lockheed Martin says its “Plymouth Rock” mission proposal would reach a Near Earth Asteroid with astronauts using two Orion capsules and a dual-launch strategy as early as 2016—or nearly a decade ahead of the asteroid goal outlined by President Barack Obama in April.

Josh Hopkins, principal investigator at Lockheed Martin for advanced human exploration missions, will present the ...

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