A mock-up of the crew compartment planned for the SpaceX Dragon (Photo: SpaceX)
SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft (Image: SpaceX)
A concept image of Sierra Corporation's Dream Chaser at the International Space Station (Image: SNC)
Concept image of Boeing's CST-100 docking (Image: Boeing)
Interior of Boeing's CST-100 (Image: Boeing)
Sierra Corporation's Dream Chaser undergoing carry tether test (Photo: SNC)
Today NASA announced that it has reduced the number of companies competing to produce the first privately built and operated manned spacecraft, to three. The current competitors for the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative are now Sierra Nevada Corporation (which will receive a development contract of US$212.5 million), Space Exploration Technologies (aka SpaceX, receiving $440 million) and the Boeing Company (getting $460 million). This is the third round of initiatives designed to promote the development of manned private spacecraft that will be available to the US government to fly crews to the International Space Station (ISS), as well as being available to private customers.
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