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Mar 25, 2014 4:50 AM by AP

Company hoping to carry NASA astronauts at Michoud

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Companies hoping to shuttle NASA astronauts to the International Space Station are showing what they've done at the Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans.

Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda, Md., has begun building the Dream Chaser mini-shuttle for Sierra Nevada Corp. of Sparks, Nev.

Officials from both companies are at Michoud on Tuesday.

Sierra Nevada is among three aerospace companies picked in 2012 to build small rocketships to take astronauts to the space station.

The Boeing Co. of Houston and Space Exploration Technologies, called SpaceX, of Hawthorne, Calif., both are building capsules like those of the Apollo era.

All three would carry seven people.

Sierra Nevada's design is based on an old NASA test ship design. It looks like the retired shuttle but its stubby wings angle upward.

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