CAPE CANAVERAL, FL — No more relying on Russian rockets. NASA picked Boeing and SpaceX to blast astronauts to the International Space Station.
NASA named the “space taxi” winners Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
“This wasn’t an easy choice but it’s the best choice for NASA and the nation,” said NASA administrator Charlie Bolden.
Every since the shuttle program retired in 2011, U.S. astronauts have been hitching rides on Russian Soyuz spacecraft at a cost of $70 million per seat. The agency averaged about six seats per year.
NASA hopes to blast off under the commercial crew program by 2017 from Cape Canaveral.