NASA has awarded four companies contracts to develop the next phase of its Commercial Crew Development Vehicle (CCDev2).
The agency gave the following companies contracts under the Space Act Agreement:
- Boeing: $92.3 million;
- Sierra Nevada Corp.: $80 million;
- SpaceX: $75 million;
- Blue Origin: $22 million.
The awards are part of NASA's plan to outsource a low-Earth orbit vehicle and focus on deep space exploration. Ed Mango, NASA's Commercial Crew Program manager, said in a statement that "the next American-flagged vehicle to carry our astronauts into space is going to be a U.S. commercial provider."