Boeing completes Final Milestone of Commercial Crew

Boeing completes Final Milestone of Commercial Crew

Aircraft manufacturing company Boeing announced that it has completed the final milestone of its Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) Space Act Agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Three companies had contended for the contract to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. Boeing is the first of the three companies that contended for the contracts to finish its work under a competition phasecalled CCiCap. During the phase, the company has earned $480 million.

According to NASA's last week announcement, the design review proved that Boeing, which provides leasing and product support services, was ready to continue with building and testing of CST-100 crew capsule, a spacecraft design proposed by Boeing. The capsule will launch on United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket.

During the last four years, NASA has partnered with eight companies to develophuman-rated transportation system that could take astronauts to low-Earth orbit and the International Space Station and Boeing is one of them.

Last month, SpaceX, a space transport services company, had won NASA's Commercial Crew contract worth up to $2.6 billion. The company is expected to complete its milestone in 2015. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), an American privately held electronic systems provider which is protesting its loss in the competition for a contract to fly astronauts, is also expected to complete its milestone next year.

According to the United States space agency, one of the companies would be ready to flyastronauts from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station by 2017.

SNC wants SpaceX and Boeing to stop working on orbital space capsules for NASA. The company has also urged a federal court to take steps against NASA's decision to give contract to SpaceX and Boeing. The company tries to restore space agency funding for its Dream Chaser spaceship, which is a reusable crewed suborbital and orbital lifting-body spaceplane.

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