NASA Announces Next Steps In Effort To Launch Americans From U.S. Soil
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA Friday announced new agreements with 3 American blurb companies to pattern and rise a subsequent era of U.S. tellurian spaceflight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. dirt in a subsequent 5 years. Advances done by these companies underneath newly sealed Space Act Agreements by a agency’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) beginning are dictated to eventually lead to a accessibility of blurb tellurian spaceflight services for supervision and blurb customers.
CCiCap partners are:
— Sierra Nevada Corporation, Louisville, Colo., $212.5 million
— Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), Hawthorne, Calif., $440 million
— The Boeing Company, Houston, $460 million
“Today, we are announcing another vicious step toward rising a astronauts from U.S. dirt on space systems built by American companies,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said at a agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “We have comparison 3 companies that will assistance keep us on lane to finish a outsourcing of tellurian spaceflight and emanate high-paying jobs in Florida and elsewhere opposite a country.”
CCiCap is an beginning of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) and an administration priority. The design of a CCP is to promote a growth of a U.S. blurb organisation space travel capability with a idea of achieving safe, arguable and cost-effective entrance to and from a International Space Station and low Earth orbit. After a capability is grown and approaching to be permitted to a supervision and other customers, NASA could agreement to squeeze blurb services to accommodate a hire organisation travel needs.
The new CCiCAP agreements follow dual prior initiatives by NASA to coax a growth of travel subsystems, and paint a subsequent proviso of U.S. blurb tellurian space transportation, in that attention partners rise organisation travel capabilities as wholly integrated systems. Between now and May 31, 2014, NASA’s partners will perform tests and mature integrated designs. This would afterwards set a theatre for a destiny activity that will launch crewed orbital proof missions to low Earth circuit by a center of a decade.
“For 50 years American attention has helped NASA pull boundaries, enabling us to live, work and learn in a singular sourroundings of microgravity and low Earth orbit,” pronounced William Gerstenmaier, associate director for a Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate during NASA Headquarters in Washington. “The advantages to amiability from these endeavors are incalculable. We’re counting on a creativity of attention to yield a subsequent era of travel to low Earth circuit and enhance tellurian presence, creation space permitted and open for business.”
While NASA works with U.S. attention partners to rise blurb spaceflight capabilities to low Earth orbit, a group also is building a Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) and a Space Launch System (SLS), a organisation plug and heavy-lift rocket to yield an wholly new capability for tellurian exploration. Designed to be stretchable for rising booster for organisation and load missions, SLS and Orion MPCV will enhance tellurian participation over low Earth circuit and capacitate new missions of scrutiny opposite a solar system.
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