A version of this article appears in the June 30 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) are among the companies NASA is paying to study how the solar-electric systems that power their satellite buses can be adapted for missions to capture an asteroid and ultimately send humans to Mars. Also picked for six-month studies are Ball Aerospace and Boeing to advance space-flown rendezvous sensors for deep-space applications, and ...


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