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2012-08-03 13:09:55

NASA Friday announced new agreements with three American commercial companies to design and develop the next generation of U.S. human spaceflight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. Advances made by these companies under newly signed Space Act Agreements through the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative are intended to ultimately lead to the availability of commercial human spaceflight services for government and...

2012-08-03 06:20:11

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) has received notification that NASA will invest $460 million for further development of the Boeing Commercial Crew Transportation System in the third round of the Commercial Crew Program: Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap). Boeing will complete development milestones to further mature the integrated system - including the CST-100 spacecraft, launch services and ground systems - to prepare for certification...

2012-08-03 06:20:09

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Friday announced new agreements with three American commercial companies to design and develop the next generation of U.S. human spaceflight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. Advances made by these companies under newly signed Space Act Agreements through the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative are intended to ultimately lead to the availability...

2012-07-19 10:20:44

CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA partner United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed a review of its Atlas V rocket to assess its compliance with NASA human spaceflight safety and performance requirements. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) ULA has partnered to launch Boeing's CST-100, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser and Blue Origin's Space Vehicle on missions to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. NASA provided...

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2012-07-13 11:47:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX completed a design review of the crew version of its Dragon spacecraft, which became the first commercial spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station in May. The company's June 14 review provided details about each phase of a potential crewed mission. This included how the company plans to modify its launch pads to support these missions, the spacecraft's docking capabilities, the weight and power requirements for...

2012-07-13 09:00:18

NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has completed an important design review of the crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft. The concept baseline review presented NASA with the primary and secondary design elements of its Dragon capsule designed to carry astronauts into low Earth orbit, including the International Space Station. SpaceX is one of several companies working to develop crew transportation capabilities under the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2)...

2012-07-12 10:20:27

HAWTHORNE, Calif., July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has completed an important design review of the crewed version of its Dragon spacecraft. The concept baseline review presented NASA with the primary and secondary design elements of its Dragon capsule designed to carry astronauts into low Earth orbit, including the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) SpaceX is one of several...

2012-07-03 02:20:17

ARLINGTON, Va., July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK), the company leading development of the Liberty commercial spacecraft, is pleased to announce an expanded crew and cargo capability. The extended cargo configuration will allow the Liberty spacecraft to take full advantage of the launch vehicle lift capacity to transport a pressurized pod (the Liberty Logistics Module or LLM) along with the composite crew module. Based on NASA's 15-foot diameter Multi-Purpose Logistic...

2012-06-28 02:21:55

ARLINGTON, Va., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) completed its Liberty software technical interface meeting (TIM), which was held to support further development of the Liberty space transportation system under the company's Space Act Agreement (SAA) with NASA for the Commercial Crew Development Program. The software TIM was conducted to evaluate Liberty's software development plan with the NASA Liberty team. The plan governs the software process used by Liberty and...

2012-06-28 02:21:53

ARLINGTON, Va., June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) and Astrium North America have signed a teaming agreement with NanoRacks, LLC, for NanoRacks to market opportunities for both astronaut explorers and the experiments they plan to carry into space on board the Liberty Transportation Service. "NanoRacks is a world leader in understanding the emerging commercial market for low Earth orbit utilization," said Kent Rominger, ATK's Liberty Program Manager. "Jeff Manber and his...