Boeing first to Complete Key Design Review for space taxi
The idea for a space taxi to fly astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) has been in talks since long. Working hard on this aspect, the officials from the Boeing Co. on Thursday reported that the company has managed to complete a key review of its design for the space taxi.
This makes Boeing Co. the first company out of the four rival bidders to finish this work by NASA on time. The other companies that were competing are: Space Exploration Technologies Corp, or SpaceX and privately held Sierra Nevada Corp.
All these companies were working for the aim set by NASA that involved the development and building of U. S. commercial space taxis to transport astronauts to ISS. NASA plans to offer contract to a US company in order to remove the dependence on Russia to ferry its astronauts to the station. Also, the past few months have witnessed increasing tensions between the West and Russia over its annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine. This also led to a new urgency for this program.
NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Martin said is a statement that NASA had plans to choose one of the companies out of the four competitors by late August or early September. She also confirmed that Boeing Co. is the only company that has managed to complete a critical design review of its offering in the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) program.
NASA is currently evaluating all the data of the review so as to determine whether Boeing meets the required "success criteria" that is needed for the review.
Boeing has reported that the data reviewed till last month has fetched them "excellent" feedback from NASA. John Mulholland is the vice-president and program manager for Boeing's commercial space exploration programs. He said, "From a technical standpoint, the review went very well. To the best of my knowledge we're the only CCiCAP competitor that actually was able to complete all of the milestones in the period of performance".
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