3 commercial companies compete in new space race


KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – During the space shuttle’s last flight three summers ago visitors crammed the NASA Causeway to glimpse a final, majestic launch. But this June, as sunshine dappled the waters below, the bridge stood nearly empty.

As NASA considers what company will build a replacement for the space shuttle, which the space agency needs to transport its astronauts to the International Space Station and end an uncomfortable dependence upon Russia, one of the three competitors is offering more than just a spacecraft.

Boeing has put jobs on the table, too, saying it will build its CST-100 spacecraft at NASA’s Florida space center, where the launch crowds could return as soon as 2017.

Source: www.houstonchronicle.com

It appears that private companies are meeting the launch challenge presented by NASA to supply astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), to develop a new shuttle craft for future space explorers, and to place a variety of satellite payloads into orbit.  These payloads will run the gamut from commercial communications satellites to amateur radio and educational CubeSats.  This is good news for the private U.S. launch industry and will help end our dependence upon Russian launch platforms.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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