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NASA Teams Up with SpaceX and Boeing to Launch Space Taxi Program

Posted on the 18 September 2014 by Nrjperera @nrjperera

After the successful launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX program, its SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is currently doing heavy work taking cargo from Earth to the ISS. Under this new contract with NASA, SpaceX will receive $2.6 billion to design and improved version its Dragon spacecraft, dubbed Dragon Version 2 (pictured above), which will have enough space to carry seven crewmembers. Boeing will also receive $4.2 billion to finish the work on its CST-100 spacecraft, which will also carry seven crewmembers to the ISS.

(Boeing CST-100 spacecraft)

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This new partnership will mark the beginning of a new friendship between NASA and private companies, and hopefully make path towards commercial passenger flights to Space. And more importantly, NASA will no longer have to rely on Russian Soyuz rockets.

[Via: / Popular Science]
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