The three participants in NASA’s Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap) SpaceX, Sierra Nevada and Boeing are pictured in this image.
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SNC, Boeing and SpaceX Ready Vehicles for Launch

By Emma Sylvester Brown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Both Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and The Boeing Company have tasked United Launch Alliance (ULA) to launch their commercial spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

ULA, who operates SLC-41, was tasked with outfitting the launch pad with equipment and systems to support crewed launches within the next five years.

Formed in 2006, ULA is a joint venture between Lockheed-Martin and The Boeing Company. They use expendable launch vehicles such as the Atlas V and Delta IV to launch payloads for not just NASA, but the Department of Defense and the National Reconnaissance Office as well.

ULA’s Atlas V family of Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicles, has achieved 100 percent mission success since their debut in August 2002. Two commercial space firms have selected the Atlas V as the rocket of choice to launch their human-rated spacecraft. They are The Boeing Co.’s CST-100 and Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Dream Chaser.

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