As tow tests of Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Dream Chaser lifting body begin in California, the two competing capsule-based contenders for NASA's commercial crew program (CCP) are running through a fast-paced series of milestones toward the start of planned demonstration flights.
While the three-way contest for NASA's competitive Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCAP) initiative was already highly charged, the outcome of the upcoming tests has become even more crucial given increasing budget pressure. The program, which aims to develop U.S. human spacelaunch capability to succeed the now retired space shuttle, has been slipping as Congress continues to cut funding. The shortfall has forced NASA to revise its acquisition plan that notionally calls for a request for proposals in fiscal 2016, and first U.S.-crewed service flights to the International Space Station (ISS) in November 2017—two years later than originally planned.
The privatization of spaceflight will be a revolution which will hopefully generate an era of competition and progress equal to that of the Cold War. Private Low Earth Orbit crew-docking by 2017(-ish) = space hotel by mid-to-late 2020's?
Ted Southern a costume designer who created first Victoria’s Secret models angel wings and Nikolay Moiseev a former Russian Federal Space Agency employee, they… Read… (@elonmusk @BrianDunning @SpaceX Like this one?
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Now you can go to space dressed like a funky crab-man
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