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NASA Changes Course, Directs Commercial Crew Work to Proceed

NASA Changes Course, Directs Commercial Crew Work to Proceed

Note: NASA has made the right call here. The SNC protest can go on, even as work does as well. One wonders why this took as long as it did. Presumably it took until today to get a legal opinion. NASA News Story: NASA Exercises Authority to Proceed with Commercial Crew Contracts On Sept. 16, […]

Stratolaunch Teams With SNC for a Dream Chaser Mini-Me

Stratolaunch Teams With SNC for a Dream Chaser Mini-Me

A press release from Sierra Nevada Corporation issued in advance of a presentation at the International Astronautical Congress suggests a somewhat diminished version of its Dream Chaser space plane may have a future irrespective of what happens with the protest the company has lodged regarding NASA’s Commercial Crew CCtCap award. SNC Press Release: SPARKS, Nev. […]

Sierra Nevada Lodges GAO Protest Over Dream Chaser Loss

Sierra Nevada Lodges GAO Protest Over Dream Chaser Loss

Image Credit: Sierra Nevada Corporation On Friday, Sierra Nevada Corporation lodged a formal complaint with the GAO regarding its loss with the Dream Chaser spaceplane in NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The challenge was not unexpected, and as the press release included below indicates, is largely based on the considerable price differential between SpaceX and Boeing […]

Two for Tuesday: NASA Names SpaceX and Boeing as Commercial Crew Winners

Two for Tuesday: NASA Names SpaceX and Boeing as Commercial Crew Winners

It’s official. Making what it called a “A historic announcement about the future of America’s space program” SpaceX and Boeing were named as the two winners in NASA’s Commercial Crew competition at a press conference held at the Kennedy Space Center. The total amount of the award over the initial contract period is $6.8 billion. […]

NASA “Major Announcement Today” on Commercial Crew: Update

NASA “Major Announcement Today” on Commercial Crew: Update

Update: NBC new is reporting via veteran space journalist Jay Barbree that Boeing and SpaceX will be named the two winners of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program later today, with a larger share going to Boeing. Given that Boeing received a larger share than SpaceX, $460 million v. $440 million in the current round, and clearly has […]

Virgin Galactic: More Delays, More Opportunities

Virgin Galactic: More Delays, More Opportunities

Image Credit Virgin Galactic Confirming a schedule slip which comes as no surprise, Virgin Galactic is now estimating that the first passenger flight (with founder Richard Branson aboard) will not take place until February or March of 2015. 2015.  The comments from the flamboyant businessman and adventurer came during an appearance with David Letterman on […]

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NASA Commercial Crew Update For Recent Achievements

NASA Commercial Crew Update For Recent Achievements

NASA Press Release August 21, 2014 RELEASE 14-222 NASA and Commercial Partners Review Summer of Advancements NASA’s spaceflight experts in the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) met throughout July with aerospace partners to review increasingly advanced designs, elements and systems of the spacecraft and launch vehicles under development as part of the space agency’s Commercial Crew […]

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One Possible Explanation for Conflicting Accounts of SpaceX Fundraising

One Possible Explanation for Conflicting Accounts of SpaceX Fundraising

Yesterday, on-line media picked up and repeated again and again a story posted on Techcrunch.com claiming that SpaceX is seeking to raise capital on the secondary market. Just for reference, Investopedia defines secondary markets thusly: “A market where investors purchase securities or assets from other investors, rather than from issuing companies themselves. The national exchanges […]

Sierra Nevada Completes Another Milestone for Dream Chaser

Sierra Nevada Completes Another Milestone for Dream Chaser

  Image Credit: SNC Sierra Nevada Press Release: Sparks, Nev., July 22, 2014 – Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces it has successfully passed Milestone 9, the Risk Reduction and Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Advancement Testing milestone, for several critical Dream Chaser® systems under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement. Milestone 9 culminated in a […]

NASA Commercial Crew Partners Advancing

NASA Commercial Crew Partners Advancing

NASA Press Release RELEASE 14-194 NASA Partners Punctuate Summer with Spacecraft Development Advances Spacecraft and rocket development is on pace this summer for NASA’s aerospace industry partners for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program as they progress through systems testing, review boards and quarterly sessions under their Space Act Agreements with the agency. NASA engineers and […]

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