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[i]ILC has helped design and build space suits worn by NASA astronauts since the mid-1960s. About 350 people work at ILC. No layoffs are expected.
"It was a sad day, a disappointing day for ILC Dover," said Brad Walters, the company's vice president of operations. "We were hoping to win but when you get into a competition, there are no guarantees."
The new $745 million contract calls for 109 space suits, 24 of which will be the lunar suits. New suits will be worn on voyages to the space station and, later, to the moon. NASA made the announcement about the contract award Thursday.
ILC officials hope to talk with NASA and Oceaneering about ways it could help in making the new suits.
"What our role will be is based on discussions that haven't happened yet," Walters said. "We're going to find that out, hopefully, in the coming months."[/i]
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