ATK hopes to win NASA contract for new spacecraft

- SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A leading aerospace company has unveiled plans for a spacecraft that could put NASA astronauts back in orbit by 2016 and create jobs in northern Utah.

ATK is trying to land a NASA contract for its new Liberty commercial space transportation system.

After ending its shuttle program last year, NASA now depends on Russian rockets to get its astronauts to the space station.

ATK spokesman Kent Rominger says Liberty would give the U.S. a new launch capability and end its dependence on Russia.

He says it also would change the way ATK does business with NASA and the space industry by offering a complete system, including spacecraft, launch vehicle and mission operations.

Rominger says the operation to build the Liberty Launch Vehicle would be managed from its northern Utah facility.

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