American Companies Selected to Return Astronaut Launches to American Soil

#1
Following the major NASA announcement today, American companies Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded contracts for shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station.

For anyone who has been following this information, this isn't a surprising development. It is, however, still a big and important one -- America has had to rely on Russian LEO launch capability to get its astronauts to the ISS ever since the retirement of the STS (the Shuttle.)

I had hoped that private spaceflight companies would take over this realm of responsibility, along with other LEO capabilities, because it would simultaneously develop the American commercial spaceflight industry (best in the world OF COURSE) while freeing up NASA, to some degree, to focus on the wider mission set and give full attention to its new launch capability, the SLS and Orion.

Dependence on Russian flights will end by 2017.
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#3
let's be real i'm too lame to go to space

this is cool but what i'd really like to see is a massive expansion of nasa
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#4
Space sucks, NASA sucks. Yeah I said it. Bunch of nerds, with their rockets and garbage. There's no pussy up in space anyways.
#5
Not sure how Branson is doing with Galactic, I think he's near on though. I talked to him about it once, it gets him really excited and he went on and on...yawn.
#6
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Space sucks, NASA sucks. Yeah I said it. Bunch of nerds, with their rockets and garbage. There's no pussy up in space anyways.

10/10 post

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#9
oh, I though he registered in The UK, not NYC...he knows what he's doing
#10
Cool. I've been saying for years that we should privatize this aspect of space development. Glad to see NASA agrees with me, lol.
#13
Elon Musk has got to be stoked, its amazing how close he came to losing everything to rebound like this.
#14
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Elon Musk has got to be stoked, its amazing how close he came to losing everything to rebound like this.

+1, really happy for SpaceX
#15
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Elon Musk has got to be stoked, its amazing how close he came to losing everything to rebound like this.


Boeing got the larger contract (kind of surprising, when you compare the two companies' proven capability in spaceflight), but SpaceX still wrapped up a cool 2.something billion.

Now that's walkin' around money
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#16
oh cool. spacex hq is a mile south of my home. this makes me happy.

i've got a couple friends who work there too. lucky bastards get free ice cream on a weekly basis.

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Boeing got the larger contract (kind of surprising, when you compare the two companies' proven capability in spaceflight), but SpaceX still wrapped up a cool 2.something billion.

Now that's walkin' around money


boeing are king makers.
#18
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Dependence on Russian flights will end by 2017.

Yaaaaaaayyy!


Also, isn't space X the company that made the reusable rocket? As in, the one that you can launch and land? Are they gonna use that?
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#19
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well space is a vacuum so yes

In this case, the earth blows.

Also whoever said there's no pussy in space obviously never watched Star Trek: The Original Series
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#20
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Who cares where they launch from

THE FREE AMERICAN NATION

Though it probably is a good idea given Russia's craycray streak lately.


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#21
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In this case, the earth blows.

Also whoever said there's no pussy in space obviously never watched Star Trek: The Original Series

Its probably a good thing he never watched star trek, yano because its terrible
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#22
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Its probably a good thing he never watched star trek, yano because its terrible

Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
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#23
this is good.

soon they mine asteroids and stuff and that all fuels a rapid expansion and colonisation effort of the rest of the solar system.


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yano

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#25
Where do I sign up?
Gonna get me some alien poon.
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#27
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Yaaaaaaayyy!


Also, isn't space X the company that made the reusable rocket? As in, the one that you can launch and land? Are they gonna use that?


Yeah that's them and the Falcon 9R
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#28
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Who cares where they launch from


well, it's easier to do it from near the equator
#29
Pretty cool stuff. One of my friends designs the propulsion systems for SpaceX. He is pretty stoked right now.

Here is a little teaser:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orUjSkc2pG0
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#30
I'd prefer it if it were taxpayer funded in order to maintain accountability and reinvestment for the public, but I expect that this would happen eventually anyway.

I'd also like to go to space.
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#31
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I'd prefer it if it were taxpayer funded in order to maintain accountability and reinvestment for the public, but I expect that this would happen eventually anyway.


The contract and overall program is still through NASA, so where does the accountability get lost? It's not as if private companies weren't involved in NASA spacecraft and launch vehicle assembly in the past -- they had a whole slew of companies involved in making many thousands of pieces, the whole thing being very complicated and convoluted, leading to some of the contributing factors of one of the Space Shuttle disasters.
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#32
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Who cares where they launch from

It's more reliable for America's companies to be able to launch from America instead of relying on Russia or any other country. Also, Cape Canaveral is a very ideal location to launch from.
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