Charles Bolden: Next Commercial Space Contract Phase to Start Next Week

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told an audience at the agency’s Washingon headquarters Wednesday that the next phase of contracting for transporting astronauts to the International Space Station will start next week.

Rockets and spacecraft made by either SpaceX or Orbital Sciences will support all current and planned U.S. experiments on the station under the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program, NASA said Wednesday.

“We’ve ended the outsourcing of space station resupply work and brought those jobs back home to America,” Bolden said.

SpaceX was selected in 2006 to develop its Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket, while SpaceX flew a demonstration mission to the space station in 2012.

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