Reusable ships for NASA will be developed by "private traders". The Aerospace Agency today named seven companies whose projects seemed to her the most interesting and worthy of attention.
Ever since the shuttle program was cancelled, NASA began to look for ways to create new reusable spacecraft capable of delivering payloads to the ISS. It was decided to use the services of third-party manufacturers. There were many applicants, but as a result, contracts will be concluded only with companies Virgin Galactic (the most famous of the whole seven), XCOR Aerospace, Near Space Corp, Masten Space Systems, Whittinghill Aerospace и Armadillo Aerospace. For two years they will compete to create the best "shuttle". Each of the companies will receive investments totaling $10 million. Each of them already has ambitious and promising projects.
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Involving third party developers NASA plans to literally bring space "to the masses". From this approach, they expect the appearance of a really inexpensive reusable ship.