Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Space.com: "Private Space Race Heats Up"

Space.com published today an article suggesting that "another cosmic competition is heating up."

Several firms are in the running to provide this taxi service beginning as early as 2015.

"In the fall of '15, we'll do a test flight with two Boeing test pilots. That one will go to [the space] station," said John Elbon, Boeing's program manager for commercial crew transportation. "And then we'll be ready at the end of '15 to do operational flights ..."

Boeing plans to hold a parachute drop test next spring and to start conducting uncrewed test flights in 2014 in the lead-up to manned missions with the CST-100 in 2015, according to Elbon.

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