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NASA picks 5 firms for private launch to LEO

Gary W. Longsine (124661) writes | more than 4 years ago

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Gary W. Longsine (124661) writes "Five contracts have been awarded by NASA today, to firms exploring different aspects of the effort to develop a private launch industry for people to low earth orbit. Today's winners include:

Will the forecast $6 Billion allocation over five years be enough to inspire private industry to develop not one, but two human rated launch systems (a capsule, and the lifting body Dream Chaser)? NASA clearly wants competition in the private market, so they seek more than one vendor. Will the losers in this competition be able to survive today's announcement, which makes them "distant third" candidates to provide these services?"
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Clarification: $50 million award (1)

FleaPlus (6935) | more than 4 years ago | (#31013612)

As a clarification, the amount awarded is $50 million for this year. $6 billion is for the entire program, which will be awarded year-by-year based on performance (and will likely include companies not in the initial batch).

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