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January 27 2013

The 4 Spaceships Vying to Send Crews to the ISS


The secretive private space program of Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos divulged perhaps the most details of its progress to date. Blue Origin president Rob Meyerson boasted that his was the only company of the four to conduct a flight demonstration for NASAís Commercial Crew Development program (CCDev). While that is technically true, it ignores SpaceXís recent flights to the International Space Station with a cargo version of its planned crew vehicle.

Nevertheless, Meyerson outlined the 2012 milestones in Blue Originís attempt to build suborbital vertical-takeoff/vertical-landing rockets with the goal of scaling up to orbital flight and eventually reaching the International Space Station.

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