Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, already Japan's biggest aerospace company, has completed takeover of launch and marketing operations of Japan's medium-lift H-IIA launcher. MHI, the prime H-IIA contractor, signed the H-IIA agreement Nov. 20 with the Space Activities Commission, which hoped for competition in the selection process but had no other bids. MHI gains transfer of the program for free but will pay about $246,000 per launch as royalties on H-IIA patents. Meanwhile, Lockheed ...
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