Boeing Displays CST-100 Spacecraft Prototype Model at Kennedy Space Center; John Elbon Comments

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Boeing unveiled the prototype design for its commercial space taxi during a ceremony held Monday at a former shuttle processing site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.

Richard Burnett writes that Boeing showcased a full-size CST-100 model as the end of a two-year industry competition under the NASA Commercial Crew Program draws near.

NASA picked Boeing, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX to compete for work to develop a manned vehicle that would transport astronauts to the International Space Station.

“If we are selected, we have a transition plan that would take effect immediately to move workers from Houston, Huntington Beach [Calif.] and other places,” said John Elbon, Boeing vice president for space exploration, according to the publication.

“We’ll staff up significantly by early 2015, and that is going make for a really nice impact for the Space Coast,” Elbon added.

Sierra Nevada demonstrated its DreamChaser spacecraft in a series of events, while SpaceX recently unveiled its Dragon V2 capsule in California.

NASA awarded more than $1.1 billion in contracts to Boeing, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX in 2012.

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