NASA goes commercial

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

NASA is trying to go commercial for its space delivery vehicles by awarding $269M toward private development

The awards, part of what NASA calls its commercial crew development program, are a bet, pushed by the Obama administration, that commercial companies will be able to get people to and from orbit more quickly and less expensively.

If all goes as planned, NASA anticipates commercial spacecraft will be able to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station mid-decade.

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