This artist concept shows The Boeing Company’s CST-100 spacecraft approaching the International Space Station. (Credit: Boeing)

Next Step in Launching Astronauts from U.S. Soil: NASA Awards Commercial Crew Certification Contracts

Dec. 11, 2012 — NASA announced Dec. 10 the next step in its plan to launch American astronauts from U.S. soil, selecting three companies to conduct activities under contracts that will enable future certification of commercial spacecraft as safe to carry humans to the International Space Station.

Advances made by these American companies during the first contract phase known as the certification products contracts (CPC) will begin the process of ensuring integrated crew transportation systems will meet agency safety requirements and standards to launch American astronauts to the International Space Station from the United States, ending the agency’s reliance on Russia for these transportation services. The second phase of certification will result in a separately competed contract.

Read more: Next step in launching astronauts from U.S. Soil: NASA awards commercial crew certification contracts — Science Daily.

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