22 August 2014
The Washington Post reported that in the next few weeks, NASA will announce which companies will develop the spacecraft that will transport astronauts to the ISS, the “long-awaited solution” to the problem of U.S. reliance on Russia. According to the article, those spacecraft could “reignite a struggling American space program” as well as “touch off a vast commercial space industry” because of the funds NASA is injecting into the program, although some are skeptical about the amount of demand. All of the competitors currently claim they can send astronauts to the station for much less than Russia is charging the U.S. However, until those spacecraft are developed, Russia will reportedly have “the power” to determine whether or not the U.S. can access the ISS. (Image: A mock-up of Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft. Credit: Boeing)
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