Friday, December 16, 2011

NASA Revises Plan to Buy Private Space Taxis

Date: 15 December 2011 Time: 02:57 PM ET
New Boeing Spaceship Targets Commercial Missions
Helping to pave the road for the future of commercial spaceflight, Boeing is hard at work on the research and development of a new space capsule aimed at flying people to the International Space Station.
CREDIT: Boeing
NASA astronauts will not be taking commercial spaceships to the International Space Station until at least 2017, agency officials announced today (Dec. 15).
Facing an uncertain budget climate, NASA is changing its approach to funding the private development of astronaut-ferrying spacecraft under the space agency's Commercial Crew Development program, which could push back the start of U.S. commercial flights to and from low-Earth orbit by a year or more.
For the next phase of the CCDev program, NASA plans to use multiple, competitively awarded Space Act Agreements rather than fixed-price contracts, Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations, said in a news briefing.



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