Upcoming private spacecraft will be first space lifeboat since 1970s

June 11, 2014 4:12 AM

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NASA and private partners are striving to make the next generation of manned spacecraft able to function as lifeboats for the ISS.

Right now, a pair of Russian Soyuz spacecraft are required to be docked at the International Space Station; this requirement ensures that the crew members aboard the station always have a means of escaping to Earth during a catastrophic event. The lifeboat role has not been occupied by an American c...

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