【马斯克获得NASA订单:探索天空不再只属于政府部门】

【马斯克获得NASA订单:探索天空不再只属于政府部门】埃隆·马斯克掌管的火箭制造公司与波音公司共同收到了来自NASA价值数十亿美元的订单,要求在次年输送宇航员至空间站。在航天飞机退役之后,NASA希望能够借此恢复美国方面向空间站输送人员与物资的能力。

Elon Musk's rocket manufacturing company was given the green light to send astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in the coming years. SpaceX is already flying cargo missions to the ISS, and is working on a crew version of its Dragon capsule to carry astronauts

A giant leap for Elon Musk: Nasa give SpaceX its first contract to send astronauts to the International Space Station

Crew Dragon will ultimately be used to take astronauts to the ISS, shown here in this artist's imperssion. Astronauts on the ISS recently installed the necessary docking rings for private spacecraft - including Crew Dragon and Boeing's CST-100 - to attach to the station

  • Nasa called on SpaceX to send astronauts to International Space Station
  • Announcement was part of process that started Boeing getting the request
  • Both sending crews to the orbiting outpost by late 2017 
  • Boeing and SpaceX received billions in seed money from Nasa
  • International Space Station will stay active until 2024 

SpaceX is under contract with Nasa to start ferrying astronauts to low Earth orbit and the ISS, beginning in 2017, with the Crew Dragon (shown). Under the $2.6 billion contract, SpaceX will launch the Crew Dragon spacecraft atop the Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida

SpaceX received a request today that is out of this world.

Elon Musk's rocket manufacturing company was given the green light to send astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in the coming years.

The announcement was a formal step in a process that began earlier this year when Boeing was given the nod by NASA to send crew to the orbiting outpost by late 2017.

'It is important to have at least two healthy and robust capabilities from U.S. companies to deliver crew and critical scientific experiments from American soil to the space station throughout its lifespan,' NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manager, Kathy Lueders, said in a statement today.

Both Boeing and SpaceX have received billions in seed money from NASA to restore American access to the ISS, after the US space shuttle program was retired in 2011.

The announcement of $4.2 billion for Boeing and $2.6 billion for SpaceX was made in September 2014.

Boeing announced in January that it would be the first, sending a piloted mission aboard its CST-100 Starliner capsule by late 2017.

However, NASA said that 'determination of which company will fly its mission to the station first will be made at a later time.'

SpaceX is already flying cargo missions to the ISS, and is working on a crew version of its Dragon capsule to carry astronauts.

The announcement marked the 'second in a series of four guaranteed orders NASA will make under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts,' the US space agency said.

'The Boeing Company of Houston received its first crew mission order in May.'

The ISS is expected to remain operational until 2024.

Since the shuttle program ended in 2011, the world's astronauts have relied on Russia's Soyuz capsules for transport at a pice of some $70 million per seat.

'The authority to proceed with Dragon's first operational crew mission is a significant milestone in the Commercial Crew Program and a great source of pride for the entire SpaceX team,' said Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating office of SpaceX.

'When Crew Dragon takes NASA astronauts to the space station in 2017, they will be riding in one of the safest, most reliable spacecraft ever flown. We're honored to be developing this capability for NASA and our country.'

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