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NASA Awards $6.8 Billion Contracts to Boeing and SpaceX


SpaceX and Boeing will be the two firms sending future U.S. astronauts into space. NASA officials said the two companies were awarded a $6.8 billion dollar contract to transport astronauts to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral. That is a huge boon for Central Florida, as it now boosts the region’s identity as an all-in-one commercial space port. The launching of astronauts to the International Space Station will begin by 2017.
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Unveiling of New Space Craft Boosts Florida’s Space Coast


NASA’s announcement of the winners of its Commercial Crew competition is a boost to Florida’s Space Coast. Boeing’s CST-100 and SpaceX’s Dragon capsules are set to start flying from Florida to space in 2017. Boeing will base its operations at Kennedy Space Center, in an old shuttle processing facility. The company has promised 550 jobs. Lynda Weatherman of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast says the news breathes life into the region, which has suffered since the last shuttle launch in 2011. “While we have unmanned launches and people come and they see it, there’s something obviously humanistic about having an astronaut. And we get so much, every hotel room is filled. People from all over the country …
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