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January 24, 2014

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NASA Announces Space-Taxi Contractors

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Boeing and SpaceX Awarded $6.8 Billion Space-Taxi Contract

The National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) has finally decided on two contractors for its space-taxi initiative. Since 2011, American astronauts have relied on the Russian-built Soyuz vessels to launch astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station. After a competition which also included Sierra Nevada and Blue Origin, Boeing’s designs were ultimately judged as safest, and SpaceX’s budget as the lowest in costs. Kathy Lueders, NASA's Commercial Crew program manager, said during a press conference that Boeing has been awarded with a contract of $4.2 billion, while SpaceX’s contract is for $2.6 billion. "There's a maximum of 6 missions under that contract value," she added. Boeing’s CST-100 spacecraft, and SpaceX's Dragon craft, will...

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