As part of their Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) program, NASA has awarded Boeing and SpaceX $4.2 billion and $2.6 billion, respectively, to finish developing vehicles to taxi astronauts to and from the International SpaceStation. Boeing plans on using the funds to complete development of the CST-100 while SpaceX will be focusing on the Dragon V2.
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The Continuing Resolution was passed on September 17thby the U.S. House of Representatives following by the U.S. Senate on the following day. The bill will serve as a plan to temporarily fund the federal government for FY2015 from Oct. 1 to Dec. 11. The bill will ,however, cut funding across the board, resulting in a $9.6 million cut of NASA’s budget. House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) said that issues regarding space property rights and the Commercial SpaceLaunch Act, will be issues addressed when the next Congress convenes.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has announced that Russia plans to allocate $8.2 billion for “ISS development and operations, including the creation of new modules for unmanned spacecraft.” Meanwhile, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin reported that NASA’s allocations for extending the life of ISS through 2024 are “overly optimistic”. The report estimated an operational cost upwards of $4 billion per year by FY2020 compared to the current costs of $3 billion per year.
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