Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Quietly, the new space race between SpaceX and Boeing burns hot

It’s been half a century since the United States finally dusted Russia in the space race, as NASA’s Gemini program ticked off an unprecedented series of long-duration flights, spacewalks, and in-space rendezvous to put America firmly on course to the Moon.

Today, a new space race has begun. But this modern face-off has some key differences, not the least of which is that America’s and Russia’s space programs presently depend upon one another. Instead of Cold War-fueled international competition, the modern space race has an all-American flavor with an established company, Boeing, against an upstart, SpaceX. Both firms are developing spacecraft to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station, and they hope to do so before the end of 2017.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: arstechnica.com

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