McDonnell Douglas expects to select contractors for the Delta 3 launch vehicle quickly, possibly as early as this week, and Japanese suppliers may be among them. Having completed much of the preliminary design work and running a commercial program should allow the company to move with the speed it will need to conduct a first operational mission within three years, McDonnell Douglas officials say. ``We're a long way along on this already,'' Delta 3 program manager Richard J. ...
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