Boeing, SpaceX Deal Means Return of US Spaceflight

In a few years, we won't have to hitch rides with Russia
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Sep 16, 2014 5:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – NASA handed out two contracts worth $6.8 billion today and with them announced the imminent return of human spaceflight from the US. Boeing and SpaceX "have each presented to us designs that will allow us to fly crews to the International Space Station in just a few years," says NASA chief Charles Bolden. The companies have been working on their manned spacecraft since 2010, a year before the NASA space shuttle program was retired. Since then, the US has had to rely on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft for trips to the space station.

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