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Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin, Boeing get NASA cash to build new spaceships

Seattle may have lost a bid to home one of many retired Area Shuttles. However, who wants a clunky, outdated spacecraft, when you possibly can truly play a component in constructing the next-generation house automobile? Two corporations with ties to Seattle, Boeing and Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin, have won tens of millions of dollars from NASA to assist develop new business spaceships.

In complete, $269 million was awarded to 4 corporations. Boeing acquired the biggest share ($92 million) whereas Blue Origin acquired the smallest ($22 million). Others that obtained funds included Sierra Nevada Corp. and SpaceX, which is bankrolled by PayPal co-founder and Tesla Motors Chairman Elon Musk.

The funds are a part of the second spherical of the Area Act Agreements, a part of a plan to create business automobiles to transport astronauts to house.

“We’re dedicated to safely transporting U.S. astronauts on American-made spacecraft and ending the outsourcing of this work to overseas governments,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden mentioned in a press release. “These agreements are important milestones in NASA’s plans to benefit from American ingenuity to get to low-Earth orbit, so we will focus our assets on deep house exploration.”

Blue Origin has saved a reasonably low profile over time, working from its newly-renovated 280,000 sq. foot headquarters and work house in Kent. The corporate additionally operates a launch website in West Texas.

Boeing, in the meantime, is wanting to build an area automobile generally known as the CST-100. The corporate is hoping to have the capsule prepared by 2015 so as to serve the worldwide house station as soon as the ultimate house shuttles are retired, according to Extra on the craft here, which is described as being greater than the Apollo however smaller than the Orion.

Blue Origin additionally obtained funds for a crew spacecraft, and what describes as a “pusher launch abort system.”

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