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Commercial Crew astronauts Eric Boe, Chris Ferguson and Nicole Mann. Photo: Brendan Byrne / WMFE

Intersection: A Shuttle Commander’s Return To Space

Chris Ferguson- who flew the shuttle as a NASA astronaut- is headed back to space. This time he’ll be piloting the Boeing Starliner, one of the commercial spacecraft designed to take astronauts into orbit from US soil. Ferguson talks about the mission and the new spacecraft with 90.7’s space reporter Brendan Byrne. 
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NASA’s Commercial Crew program will send astronauts to the International Space Station via commercial partners SpaceX and Boeing. Photo: NASA

Agency Warns NASA Of Possible Commercial Crew Delays

Commercial companies SpaceX and Boeing are slated to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from US soil, a first since the retirement of the space shuttle. Delays have plagued the program and a government agency is asking NASA for a backup plan to get astronauts to the station.
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Sierra Nevada challenges NASA plans to replace the shuttle

Sierra Nevada is protesting NASA’s decision to replace the shuttle with capsules developed by Boeing and SpaceX. The company’s legal challenge is unusual. NASA has said little about why it chose Boeing and SpaceX to fly astronauts to the International Space Station and not Sierra Nevada. Now Sierra Nevada has filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office. Dan Gordon is an expert in procurement law at George Washington University. He says most federal contracts go unchallenged. “It’s very rare that the GAO issues a decision saying that the contracting agency violated procurement law. That happens a few dozen times a year out of the 2,000 or so cases the GAO gets each year.” Sierra Nevada says its proposal meets …
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