NASA, SpaceX and Boeing’s ISS program is as American as Moon Pie

CNET | 2/1/2019 | Claire Reilly
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NASA's Commercial Crew Astronauts with the Boeing CST-100 and SpaceX Dragon mockups in 2018.

But while they may sound like unlikely bedfellows, NASA has formed partnerships with Boeing and SpaceX in a bid to get into space faster and bring space launches back to US soil. It's known as the Commercial Crew Program, and it's been set up to help NASA get astronauts to the International Space Station (without spending too many taxpayer dollars).

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In this week's episode of Watch This Space, we take a look at what these two giants of American industry can bring to the table and what NASA has to gain from outsourcing its space program. Let's break it down...

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What is the Commercial Crew Program?

The CCP is what's known as a public-private partnership -- it's a common way for government agencies to utilise expertise in private industry to get their projects completed on time and on budget. In 2014, NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX, two of the biggest names in the American aerospace industry, to help it get astronauts into space and onto the International Space Station.

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The idea is that Boeing and SpaceX will help NASA develop and operate the launch systems and spacecraft to get humans into low-Earth orbit and help it fulfil its obligations to help crew the ISS. Since NASA's shuttle program finished in 2011, the US has been relying on other countries to get its astronauts into space, launching in the Russian-made Soyuz spacecraft as far away as Kazakhstan. Now, NASA will be able to bring those launches back home.

Why Boeing and SpaceX?

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While they both have aspirations in the skies, these companies couldn't be more different. Boeing has been around for more than 100 years and has worked with NASA pretty since...
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