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Boeing’s CST-100 is one of the space crafts NASA is considering. Photo by Taisha Henry

To Replace the Shuttle, a New Space Race

For the first time in a generation American astronauts will fly into space aboard a new spacecraft beginning in 2017. But it won’t be a NASA spacecraft. Instead three private space companies are competing to design and build it under a NASA contract. When NASA announces the winner or winners in a few weeks, it will mark the start of a new era in human space flight. – – – “Of course this is going to be different. It’s not going to be the space shuttle. You see that it doesn’t have the interior volume. It doesn’t have the space. It doesn’t have the capability for 50,000 pounds of cargo.” Boeing’s CST-100 is a compact car of a spacecraft compared …
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Senator Bill Nelson

Nelson: SpaceX Expansion in Texas is Small Blow for Space Coast

August 5, 2014 | WMFE, Orlando – Sen. Bill Nelson says there’s still hope for a multi-user spaceport on the Space Coast, even after SpaceX’s decision to expand in Texas rather than Florida. The Central Florida Democrat says discussions are underway among NASA, the Air Force and Federal Aviation Administration to carve out commercial launch space here. SpaceX already launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and plans to launch from an old shuttle pad at Kennedy Space Center. But the space company also wants a commercial launch site free of government regulation, which is why it will build a site in Texas. Nelson says it’s a minor blow to the Space Coast. “SpaceX is only one company, and most …
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