Competition for space cargo heats up

September 29, 2014 3:50 PM

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Competition for space cargo heats up

After four years of intensely competitive research and engineering, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has finally chosen the two aeronautics firms that will once again launch American astronauts and their cargo into space – or has it?

Although NASA announced on Sept. 16 that Boeing and SpaceX were awarded a $6.8 billion contract to develop privately funded launch vehicles for NASA crews by 2017, a third finalist in the competition, Louisville, Colo.-based avionics firm Sierra Nevada Corp., said last Thursday that it stills wants ...

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