McDonnell Douglas Aerospace has won a contract to launch up to 14 NASA payloads using a new downsized version of its Delta 2 launcher and Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Taurus booster. The ``Med-Lite'' contract covers the launch of payloads up to 4,400 lb. over the next eight years. If NASA purchases all 14 launches, the fixed-price contract will be worth about $500 million. McDonnell Douglas had submitted the only qualified bid to provide Med-Lite services. The deal calls for ...

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