The four private companies NASA is counting on to develop manned
spaceships — Boeing, Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and SpaceX —
are notching the many milestones set by the space agency's commercial crew program (CCP), officials said.
"Already this year, NASA and its industry partners are making
tremendous progress toward achieving the nation’s goal of restoring
America’s capability to launch commercial passengers, including
astronauts, from U.S. soil to low-Earth orbit," Kathy Lueders, CCP’s
acting program manager, said in a statement.
NASA requested $848 million for commercial crew in the White House's 2015 budget proposal.
That figure is enough to keep competition going, the agency says, but
historically Congress grants the agency less than it asks for.
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