spacetoday.net: space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews


NASA awards commercial crew funds
Posted: Wed, Feb 3, 2010, 7:27 AM ET (1227 GMT)
As NASA begins plans to rely on commercial providers to carry astronauts into low Earth orbit, the agency awarded Monday $50 million to five companies to help develop systems needed for such services. The five companies, Blue Origin, Boeing, Paragon Space Development Corporation, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and United Launch Alliance, received awards ranging from $1.4 to $20 million as part of NASA's Commercial Crew development, or CCDev, program. The companies will use these awards, along with their own funds, to develop technologies ranging from life support systems to launch escape units that could be used to support future commercial human spaceflight systems. As part of NASA's FY11 budget proposal announced Monday the agency announced plans to spend $6 billion over the next five years on supporting the development and making use of commercial crew transportation services instead of developing its own launch vehicles and spacecraft for launching astronauts.
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
Kepler goes into safe mode as fuel runs low
Posted: Sun, Jul 8 9:43 AM ET (1343 GMT)

Inmarsat rejets EcoStar takeover bid
Posted: Sun, Jul 8 9:42 AM ET (1342 GMT)

Shuttle-era engine tested for DARPA spaceplane
Posted: Sun, Jul 8 9:41 AM ET (1341 GMT)

news links
Saturday, July 21
Welcome to the Era of Orbital Publicity Stunts
Wired News — 4:08 am ET (0808 GMT)
ULA hopes to launch more affordable rocket
WAFF-TV — 4:06 am ET (0806 GMT)
Boeing, SpaceX delays may mean 'gap' in access to space station
Huntsville Times — 4:05 am ET (0805 GMT)
Presidential Message on Space Exploration Day
White House — 4:01 am ET (0801 GMT)


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list