U.S. astronauts will once again travel to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American spacecraft under groundbreaking contracts NASA announced today. The agency unveiled its selection of Boeing and SpaceX to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using the CST-100 and Crew Dragon, respectively, with a goal of ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia in 2017. NASA Administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden made the announcement Sept. 16, 2014, from the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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NASA has chosen the companies that will return to America the capability to fly its astronauts to space. The space agency announced Tuesday it will award $4.2 billion to Boeing, and $2.6 billion to SpaceX to complete development of their spacecraft, and begin flying as soon as 2017.
In choosing Boeing, NASA has a trusted partner with whom it has done business for 50 years.
In choosing SpaceX, NASA has opted for an innovative company that represents the new space industry, a new generation of companies outside its traditional sphere of contractors.
Just weeks ago, it was widely believed both SpaceX’s Dragon V2 and SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft were likely to progress into the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) phase of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. On Tuesday, NASA announced Boeing’s CST-100 was the winner of billions of dollars alongside the SpaceX spacecraft.
The CST-100 spacecraft in development by Boeing Space Exploration of Houston, Texas, will -advance beyond the design phase and be put into manufacturing for flight tests and eventual operational missions to the International Space Station. NASA selected the company's crew transportation system and spacecraft for a contract in the final phase of certification for privately built and operated integrated systems to carry astronauts from American soil to the orbiting laboratory.
Boeing and SpaceX are the two winners of Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contracts, NASA announced today (September 16). NASA hopes that through those awards, a U.S. crew space transportation capability will be ready to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) by 2017, ending U.S. dependence on Russia for ISS transport services.
The two companies will share $6.8 billion: Boeing gets $4.2 billion, while SpaceX gets $2.6 billion. When asked why Boeing is receiving a substantially larger amount, NASA commercial crew program manager Kathy Lueders said only that the awards were based on the proposals that were submitted and both companies proposed to the same set of requirements.
Aerospace giant Boeing and newcomer SpaceX will share $6.8 billion in NASA contracts to build commercial space taxis to fly astronauts to and from the space station starting in 2017, ending reliance on Russia for access to low-Earth orbit and kick starting a new era of commercial space transportation, agency officials said Tuesday.
Boeing will receive a $4.2 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contract to continue development of the company's CST-100 capsule while SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion to press ahead with work to perfect its futuristic Dragon crew craft.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Boeing and SpaceX are expected to win out on Tuesday when NASA announces its selection of the commercial spaceships that will fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Sources familiar with the months-long selection process told NBC News that Boeing's CST-100 capsule and SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft are expected to start sending crews to the station in 2017.
NASA will make a major announcement today at 4 p.m. EDT regarding the return of human spaceflight launches to the United States. The agency will make the announcement during a news conference from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website.
A brief question-and-answer session with reporters on site will take place during the event. Media will be able to ask more detailed questions related to the program in a teleconference shortly afterward.
Rumors are swirling today that NASA will announce the winner(s) of the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) award tomorrow, Tuesday, September 16. Similar speculation abounded at the end of August, but the month came and went with no news. NASA has been saying for months that it would make the decision in late August or early September, so if tomorrow is not the day, presumably it will be soon.
Andy Pasztor at the Wall Street Journal wrote today that Boeing "appears positioned to beat out two smaller rivals for the bulk" of the award, but cautioned later in the article that NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden could made "a last-minute shift" that "could change the result..." Pasztor said the announcement could come "as early as" tomorrow."
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Boeing’s just-awarded CCtCap contract, at $4.2 billion, is roughly 60 percent higher than the $2.6 billion NASA has agreed to pay SpaceX to do more or less the same thing -- complete development and certification of a ballistic capsule and conduct at least one test flight with both NASA and commercial crew members on board.
The difference today is largely the same as it was in 2008: SpaceX is further along at the time of award.
NASA is going back to the future with $6.8 billion in backing for Apollo-style spaceships designed by Boeing and SpaceX. Both companies have been given the go-ahead to build, test and fly their gumdrop-shaped "space taxis," with the aim of transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station starting in 2017.
"Today, we're one giant leap closer to launching our astronauts from the U.S. on American spacecraft," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said Tuesday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Dragon version 2 spacecraft in development by SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, will advance beyond the design phase and be put into manufacturing for flight tests and eventual operational missions to the International Space Station. NASA selected the company's crew transportation system and spacecraft for a contract in the final phase of certification for privately built and operated integrated systems to carry astronauts from American soil to the orbiting laboratory.
NASA and its aerospace industry partners have worked together for more than four years to develop subsystems,spacecraft, and launch vehicles that will lead to safe and reliable transportation to and from low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station from the United States on American systems. To learn more about the Commercial Crew Program, visit www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew.
“With this award, we are one major step closer to restoring our nation’s ability to launch U.S. astronauts to the ISS from American soil,” stated CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is developing safe, reliable transportation to low-Earth orbit through the use of innovative contracting mechanisms. NASA’s selection of two companies demonstrates its prudent commitment to both competition and operational redundancy. With these commercial companies developing transportation for astronauts to and from LEO, NASA can focus more of its resources on deep space exploration.”
WASHINGTON — NASA awarded contracts worth $6.8 billion to Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. on Sept. 16 to develop commercial crew transportation systems, culminating a long and sometimes controversial selection process.
Under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts, the two companies will continue development of spacecraft capable of transporting NASA astronauts to and from the international space station as early as 2017, ending the agency’s dependence on Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] will receive an award of $4.2 billion from NASA to build and fly the United States’ next passenger spacecraft.
Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 is being developed as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to resume U.S.-based flights to space by 2017. The CST-100 will transport up to seven passengers or a mix of crew and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and other low-Earth orbit destinations.
NASA is poised to announce the final phase of development and certification to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation to and from the International Space Station from the United States on American systems. To learn more about the announcement and NASA's Commercial Crew Program, visit www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew.
NASA has confirmed that the announcement of the winner(s) of the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) award will be made today, September 16, 2014. The announcement will be made at Kennedy Space Center, FL at 4:00 pm ET, followed by a teleconference at 4:45 pm ET with program manager Kathy Lueders.
The 4:00 news conference includes NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, KSC Director Bob Cabana, Lueders and astronaut Mike Fincke. It will be followed by a brief question and answer session with media, but more detailed questions will be part of the subsequent teleconference with Lueders.
Officials at Boeing and Lockheed declined comment. No comment was immediately available from Blue Origin or United Launch Alliance (ULA), the Boeing-Lockheed venture that uses Russian-built engines to power some of its rockets.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Blue Origin has joined Boeing’s commercial crew bid as a partner, although in what capacity remains unclear.
The newspaper also reports that Jeff Bezos’s space company will team with United Launch Alliance to develop a replacement first-stage engine for the Atlas V, which will launch Boeing’s CST-100 crew vehicle to the International Space Station. The new engine would replace the Russian RD-180 engine.