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Boeing-Lockheed JV Wins $173M to Help NASA Study the Sun

Solar OrbiterA United Launch Alliance subsidiary has been awarded a $172.7 million contract to launch a NASA spacecraft that is designed for solar research, The Motley Fool reported Tuesday.

Rich Smith writes United Launch Services LLC will work to integrate the Solar Orbiter‘s payload, monitor the spacecraft’s flight and track the mission’s telemetry.

The mission, a joint program between NASA and the European Space Agency, aims to study the sun and capture images of it using high-resolution lenses, according to the report.

The spacecraft will be launched in July 2017 from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., reports Motley Fool.

ULA is a joint venture between Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT).

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