Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NASA Selects Boeing & SpaceX for New Capsules

Launch America - Courtesy NASA

Article: NASA Chooses American Companies to Transport U.S. Astronauts to International Space Station - NASA

NASA has named Boeing and SpaceX as providers of capsules to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The goal is to end the reliance on Russia to provide our astronauts travel to ISS by 2017.

The Boeing capsule is called the CST-100. The SpaceX capsule is the Crew Dragon. SpaceX is already flying a cargo version of the Dragon to ferry supplies to ISS. The capsule is designed to be easily configured for cargo or passenger travel.

With capsules set for the ISS, NASA will be able to focus on its Orion capsule and Space Launch System (SLS) to take astronauts beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and into deep space.

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