McDonnell Douglas and Orbital Sciences Corp., its major subcontractor on NASA's Med-Lite expendable launch vehicle procurement, have negotiated a contract worth about $500 million for the 4,400-pound-lift rockets. As prime, McDonnell Douglas will use Delta II 7300s, its proposed Delta-Lite, and Orbital's Taurus to fulfill the contract. The exact value of the deal will depend on the number of options exercised, vehicle configurations and mission-unique requirements, NASA said ...

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