NASA has just announced the next phase of Launch America, its plan to create a new fleet of shuttles and capsules that will put their astronauts in orbit. Boeing and SpaceX will be the finalist private companies that will compete to manage that fleet of space "taxis".
In essence, the $6.8 billion project will go halfway to fund Boeing's CST-100 capsules, and Dragon V2 from Elon Musk's company. Now, both companies will have to carry out test flights in which they demonstrate to NASA that their prototypes can climb into orbit and connect successfully to the International Space Station.
The agency will choose only one of the companies based on the performance of the test flights. With the Launch America program, NASA hopes to reduce the current costs of sending astronauts into space, as well as becoming independent of the Soviet rockets they currently use to that purpose In the future, these capsules could even be used for space tourism.
NASA’s new space taxis
Posted on: 2/8/2017 at 12:00 AM