Cape Canaveral, Fla. -
NASA announced three new partnerships with three private companies in an effort to restart launches into space from U.S. soil.
The three private space companies are Sierra Nevada Corporation of Louisville, CO, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, Calif., and The Boeing Company in Houston, Texas totaling more than $1.1 billion under the newly signed Space Act Agreements through the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative.
"Today, we are announcing another critical step toward launching our astronauts from U.S. soil on space systems built by American companies," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "We have selected three companies that will help keep us on track to end the outsourcing of human spaceflight and create high-paying jobs in Florida and elsewhere across the country."
The new partnerships will promote and develop the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) further, and the Space Launch System (SLS), a crew capsule and heavy-lift rocket to provide an entirely new capability for human exploration.