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Seven aerospace plane contracts were awarded.

April 08, 1986

The Defense Department announced that the first contracts have been awarded for development of the National Aerospace Plane. The contracts are for a combined figure of almost $90 million. Five contracts worth about $7 million each were awarded for conceptual design of the airframe, while two were awarded for conceptual design of its propulsion system. A $28.5-million contract for design work on the propulsion system was awarded to the Pratt & Whitney unit of United Technologies, while a $26-million contract was given to General Electric. All seven of the fixed-price contracts must be completed by June, 1987.

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