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The Transportation Department ordered three U.S. rocket...

The Transportation Department ordered three U.S. rocket companies to obtain up to $80 million in property damage insurance coverage before using federal facilities for commercial space launches. The orders call for $80 million in insurance for Martin Marietta Corp. and for McDonnell Douglas Corp., and $75 million for General Dynamics Inc. Martin Marietta makes the Titan launch rocket, McDonnell Douglas builds the Delta and Delta II, and General Dynamics makes the Atlas-Centaur. The insurance coverage is designed to pay for any government property damaged by commercial launches by the three companies at the Kennedy Space Center and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.


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