Race to Build NASA Space Taxi Down to the Wire | DNews


A three-way race to build a commercially operated spaceship to shuttle astronauts — and other paying customers — to and from low-Earth orbit is close the finish line, with NASA aiming to award development and flight service contracts as early as next week.

 

So far, two companies favoring capsule designs — Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX — have won the lion’s share of NASA’s Commercial Crew program funds. The effort, which began in 2010, is intended to provide a U.S. alternative for flying crews to the International Space Station, which orbits about 260 miles above Earth.

 

Source: news.discovery.com

The so-called "Space Taxi" is an effort to cut reliance on Russian launch vehicles to supply the International Space Station orbiting about 260 miles above Earth.  So far, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Boeing have garnered most of the NASA contracts to develop a commercial crew program.  It’s about time we developed our own support system and became more self-sufficient in launch and resupply vehicles.  If the cost of launches can be reduced, the U.S. could attract more space customers from the world of business, education, and even amateur radio (i.e. AMSAT).  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

See on Scoop.itKH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog

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