August 06, 2012
The Manned Commercial Space Race is On
By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
In the warm glow of NASA's announcement of its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) teleconference is a showdown race between upstart SpaceX (News - Alert) and old-school Boeing, with Sierra Nevada shadowing the two in case one of the leaders stumbles.
SpaceX has an aggressive timetable with a manned test flight as an option for 2015, but it has a track record of come up short in hitting launch dates, while Boeing (News - Alert) won't even be flight-testing hardware until 2015 at the earliest. Let the games begin!
NASA officials presented a series of slides outlining the plans for each vendor in a press conference on August 3, explaining it how it was seeking "portfolio diversity" in working with Boeing, SpaceX and Sierra Nevada to develop commercial launch systems, encompassing not only rocket and capsule, but the full range of pre-flight, launch and in-orbit flight operations... Read More