Beyond SpaceX: Five companies seeking to change space travel – Sierra Nevada Corporation – CSMonitor.com

On May 19, SpaceX will attempt to become the first private company to dock a capsule with the space station. Since the space shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, Presidents Bush and Obama have directed NASA to turn the job of transporting cargo and crew to the station over to private firms.

NASA already has $3.5 billion in cargo contracts with two rocket makers – […]

Nasa calls for new ISS taxis | News24

Cape Canaveral – Nasa is looking for at least two US firms to design and build space taxis to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, programme managers said.

Nasa plans to invest $300m to $500m in each of the firms selected under new 21-month partnership agreements, Ed Mango, manager of Nasa’s Commercial […]

NASA Official: Commercial Crew Solicitation Expected in February

By Dan Leone

Michael Leinbach (left) and Ed Mango (right). Credit: Photo by Bill Ingalls/Getty Images North America

WASHINGTON — NASA will solicit proposals in February for the third phase of a program aimed at developing commercially operated astronaut transportation systems, an agency official said Dec. 20.

NASA wants to pick at least two winners […]

Congressional Spending Plan Slashes CCDev Request by 52 Percent

Credit: Parabolic Arc Space Blog

Lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a NASA budget that will provide $406 million to the Commercial Crew Development program, a 52 percent decrease from the $850 million requested by the Obama Administration. The amount exactly splits the difference between the $312 million the House proposed and the $500 million […]

Last Minute Push for Fully Funding NASA Commercial Spacecraft Development

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor

An eclectic lineup of former astronauts, aerospace industry companies, and critics have sent a pair of letters to Congress supporting full funding for NASA’s commercial spacecraft development program in FY 2012. NASA says it needs $850 million to move the Commercial Crew (CCDev) program along so private industry can deliver flights to the International […]

Group Letter From Former Astronauts To Congress Regarding NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Honorable Barbara Mikulski Chair, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 503 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Frank Wolf Chair, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies 241 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairwoman Mikulski and Chairman […]

Group Letter To Congress and the Obama Administration Regarding NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

8 November 2011

Dear Members of Congress and the Administration:

We, the undersigned space leaders, are strong supporters of human spaceflight. Among us are former NASA astronauts, executives, and advisors, CEOs and directors of firms large and small, space scientists, space journalists, and others.

We write today to urge you to expedite plans to use […]

A progress report on commercial cargo and crew

by Jeff Foust Monday, October 3, 2011

SpaceX, which flew this Dragon capsule last December, is looking to fly another Dragon this December on a mission to the ISS as part of its COTS agreement with NASA. (credit: J. Foust)

NASA’s commercial cargo and crew programs have together become something of a lightning rod […]

Creating near-term results in US human space exploration

by S. Alan Stern and Gerry Griffin Monday, October 3, 2011

Accelerating the development of commercial crew systems, such as Sierra Nevada Corporation’s proposed Dream Chaser, could create savings to be applied to human space exploration. (credit: SNC)

Next January will see the eighth anniversary of President Bush’s announcement of the Vision for Space […]

Boeing Explains Why it Needs Government Subsidies to Build a ‘Commercial’ Space Ship

By Mark Whittington | Yahoo! Contributor Network

Boeing CST-100 Space Capsule, under development.

If the future of human space flight, at least to low Earth orbit, is commercial, why does the government have to pay billions of dollars in subsidies to develop “commercial” space craft?MSNBC’s Alan Boyle put that question to Boeing’s John Elbon.

Elbon is […]