Interview: NASA’s New Rules for Manned Private Spaceflight

By Joe Pappalardo

Our report on NASA’s new contract detailing the rules for crew-carrying spacecraft features the insights of Philip McAlister, director of NASA’s Commercial Spaceflight Development. Here, we offer the full transcript of our Oct. 12 interview with McAlister, in which he details how NASA is trying to change the way it does business. (Light […]

Is This NASA Document Saving or Killing Manned Private Spaceflight?

Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spacecraft.

By Joe Pappalardo

NASA, which wants to send its astronauts aboard privately built spacecraft, recently released the first draft of a document detailing how it would ensure those ships are safe. The contract is a tome of legalese, but buried inside the hundreds of pages are provisions that have […]