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3 Private Spaceflight Companies Will Ferry Cargo to Space Station
Space.com ^ | January 14, 2016 07:17pm ET | Calla Cofield,

Posted on 01/14/2016 7:23:01 PM PST by BenLurkin

NASA has selected SpaceX, Orbital ATK and Sierra Nevada Corp. to fly cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) starting in 2019, the agency announced today (Jan 14).

Between 2019 and 2024, NASA will purchase a minimum of six uncrewed cargo missions from each of the three companies, agency officials said in a media briefing today. The space agency has the option to purchase additional re-supply missions from any of the three providers, and will likely do so, said Kirk Shireman, program manager for the ISS.

SpaceX and Orbital ATK were selected as cargo providers in NASA's first round of Commercial Resupply Services contracts, known as CRS1; both companies have flown multiple re-supply missions to the ISS using a capsule called Dragon (SpaceX) and a spacecraft named Cygnus (Orbital ATK).

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: callacofield; crs1; cygnus; dragon; iss; kirkshireman; nasa; orbitalatk; sierranevadacorp; space; spacex

1 posted on 01/14/2016 7:23:01 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

That’s good. It screws Russia out of a bit of revenue.


2 posted on 01/14/2016 7:40:30 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: BenLurkin

Very cool that Sierra Nevada got something. They’ve come pretty far with their little space plane, it would be a shame for it to go nowhere.


3 posted on 01/14/2016 7:42:30 PM PST by Dagnabitt (Islamic Immigration is Treason)
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To: Jonty30

Perhaps, but only until the Russians next generation of heavy lift comes on line (using totally new tech), far out striping the lift of anything on anyone in the US’s drawing boards currently. They will likely offer the engine cheaper as well, should they make it available for export. (The Dragon super heavy will not be able to compete in lift).


4 posted on 01/15/2016 3:13:09 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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[snip] The deal adds Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser to the list of spacecraft flying cargo missions to the orbiting laboratory. Like NASA’s space shuttle, Dream Chaser is a reusable space plane. [/snip]

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/01/14/nasa-picks-dream-chaser-space-plane-for-iss-supply-missions.html


5 posted on 01/16/2016 2:20:31 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Here's to the day the forensics people scrape what's left of Putin off the ceiling of his limo.)
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