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SAIC Unit to Lay Foundation for Spacecraft Tests

A subsidiary of SAIC has a contract to build testing facilities for NASA’s next-generation spacecraft, SAIC said Oct. 16.

Benham Cos. LLC, based in Oklahoma City, has a $51.4 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract to design and build two facilities to test the Orion spacecraft. The tests will be done in Ohio, said SAIC, also known as Science Applications International Corp.

Benham will build a 67,000-cubic-foot acoustic test chamber and a 20-foot-diameter mechanical vibration platform at the Space Power Facility at Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. Benham will also design a high-speed computer system to crunch the data generated during testing.

NASA’s proposed Orion crew vehicle resembles the Apollo spacecraft of the 1960s, though it will be bigger, with room for six astronauts.

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, Brad Graves

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