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News from all over the solar system to people living in the early 21st Century / Chroniques de la conquête du système solaire
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NASA Lauds Progress of Commercial Space Companies Ahead of Hearing | SpaceNews.com

NASA Lauds Progress of Commercial Space Companies Ahead of Hearing | SpaceNews.com | Space matters | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — On the eve of a congressional hearing on its effort to nurture privately owned vehicles for ferrying astronauts to the international space station, NASA issued a report saying four companies receiving federal funding under the agency’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) 2 program are making “substantial progress toward achieving crewed spaceflight in the middle of the decade.”

 

“In just six short months since the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 partners were selected, they have completed 21 of the 57 planned milestones,” NASA said in the Oct. 25 report. The milestones, representing a total of $32.4 million in federal funding, include airbag drop tests of Boeing’s proposed CST-100 capsule and various technical reviews of other planned crew-carrying vehicles.


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CST-100: Photos of Boeing's Private Space Capsule

Images of Boeing's CST-100 space capsule, which the company hopes to have flying passengers by 2015. NASA has given $110 million to help develop the private spaceship under its Commercial Crew Development program.
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NASA report confirms: Commercially-designed rockets are way cheaper than government goods

NASA report confirms: Commercially-designed rockets are way cheaper than government goods | Space matters | Scoop.it

"Looks like there's hope yet for a future with affordable space flight: a recently-published report by NASA has confirmed that commercializing rocket design has the potential to dramatically cut costs in ways that could revolutionize the future of space transport."

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Orbital, SpaceX Face Further Delays in Space Station Resupply Programs

Orbital, SpaceX Face Further Delays in Space Station Resupply Programs | Space matters | Scoop.it
Launches of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Taurus 2 and SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets, scheduled for this year, are expected to push into January and February of 2012.
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