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

Boeing Displays CST-100 Spacecraft Prototype Model at Kennedy Space Center; John Elbon Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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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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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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