While Boeing is best known for its commercial airliners, it seems the aerospace company will be getting involved with outer space, thanks to an $18 million award from Space Adventures.
Boeing has been commissioned by Space Adventures to develop a space capsule capable of transporting up to seven passengers to the International Space Station. Called the Crew Space Transportation 100, the vehicle is set to go into flight as early as 2015.
Space Adventures has already organized several trips to the space station aboard the Russian space capsule Soyuz. While the agency won't say how much a flight aboard its newly commissioned vehicle will cost, a spokesperson did tell Voice of American News that prices would be competitive.
As the source notes, President Barack Obama has suggested that NASA should develop partnerships with private companies to develop space airliners. It seems Space Adventures may have beaten NASA to the punch.
NASA has been investigating cost-efficient transportation methods that could be used for transporting civilians and cargo. The space agency recently launched a $5 million contest for engineers that is designed to help brainstorm answers to space flight challenges.
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