NASA and Industry Committed to Commercial Crew Program

Posted by Doug Messier on January 26, 2013, at 8:34 am

By Rebecca Regan
NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) and its industry partners have spent the last few years investing their time, money, efforts and reputations into shaping America’s next-generation human spaceflight capabilities.

“This program reflects a true partnership between NASA and industry where our goals are aligned toward ending the gap in U.S. human access to space” said Phil McAlister, NASA Commercial Spaceflight Development director, during a televised status update Jan. 9 at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

NASA and company representatives participated in the update to discuss their accomplishments to date and lay out their plans for 2013 and beyond as they work toward ensuring America has safe, reliable and affordable crew transportation systems launching from U.S. soil by mid-decade.

“The agreements are paid-for-performance milestones, so our partners only get paid when they show demonstrative progress toward developing their crew transportation systems,” McAlister said. “This allows us to ensure that our partners are making good progress and are making good use of taxpayer money.”

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