NASA has decided on the designs for its next capsules to take astronauts to space and return them safely to Earth.
Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded contracts to develop the new capsules, which should be ready by late 2017.
Since the space shuttles were retired in 2011, everyone has used Russia’s Soyuz vehicles to get to the International Space Station. Then there were some political problems..
Boings CST-100 capsule will be capable of handling seven crew members.
SpaceX is developing a manned version of its already successful Dragon capsule that regularly re-supplies the ISS.
NASA is require to give funds to competing companies, which is smart as it avoids the military industrial complex version of crying about contracts (to some degree).
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