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NBC News CosmicLog has broken the story early:

My hope for apportioning -

SpaceX Dragon: full award

Boeing CST-100: full award

SNC Dream Chaser: 50% award

Awards will total $525 million.

Below: DragonRider, CST-100, and Dream Chaser




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Boeing Co. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. on Friday are expected to win the bulk of as much as $1 billion in federal awards to spur development of next-generation manned spacecraft, according to industry officials.

The decision, which is expected to be disclosed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, caps three years of efforts by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to foster so-called space taxis, commercially-owned and operated vehicles intended to shuttle crews to and from the International Space Station.

Chicago-based Boeing and closely-held Space Exploration Technologies, based in Hawthorne, Calif., appear poised to split most of the money tentatively earmarked by NASA and lawmakers for such systems, the industry officials said. The total amount available is likely to be between $800 and $1 billion through the middle of 2014.

Closely-held Sierra Nevada Corp., a manufacturer of satellite components and other aerospace hardware that is based in Sparks, Nev., seems likely to emerge with a substantially smaller award, according to the officials. After lengthy battles with congressional leaders, NASA chief Charles Bolden agreed there would be two primary winners, plus a third choice that would receive less funding, they said.


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RELEASE: 12-263


NASA Friday announced new agreements with three American commercial companies to design and develop the next generation of U.S. human spaceflight capabilities, enabling a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. Advances made by these companies under newly signed Space Act Agreements through the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative are intended to ultimately lead to the availability of commercial human spaceflight services for government and commercial customers.

CCiCap partners are:

-- Sierra Nevada Corporation, Louisville, Colo., $212.5 million

-- Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), Hawthorne, Calif., $440 million

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SpaceX, Boeing and Sierra Nevada have each receved ~$10 million to document yheir progress in human rating Dragon, CST-100 and Dream Chaser. This was announced weeks ahead of schedule, which may indicate they are progressing faster than anticipated.


CCiCap (commercial crew) progress report on milestones -

Completed -

Boeing: 3 of 19

SpaceX: 3 of 14

Sierra Nevada: 2 of 9

Of note concerning SpaceX's SuperDraco engine -

To date, the SuperDraco engines have undergone 58 hot-fire tests for a total run time of about 117 seconds. According to SpaceX Project Manager Garrett Reisman,

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Dig the fancy SpaceX flight suit! Very Trek-ish.

Also, there's a (too small IMO) graphic of an Falcon 9 v1.1 & Dragon with the crew access tower and slide line in their section.

First crew flight is likely in 2015 by SpaceX's Dragon, followed by Boeing's CST-100 and Sierra Nevada's Dream Chase in 2016-2017

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