NASA Awards Boeing, SpaceX $6.8B USD to Launch Astronauts to ISS by 2017

September 17, 2014 6:54 AM

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The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Tuesday announced a major effort dubbed "Launch America", which aims to offer a private partnership to replace the retired Space Shuttle by 2017. Leaked hours before, NASA's awards target two top commerical ventures locked in a heated race to restore America's launch capabilities.

Initially NASA had planned to make its own spacecraft. But those plans were scrapped in 2010 when NASA announced it was shuttering development of the Ares I launch vehicle which would be topped with an Orion crew capsule.

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