BI Chinese station in January 15 daily Road
NASA (NASA) announced the second round on Thursday.
With the first round
NASA the amount of these contracts is very large, so the commercial launch of the company is very attractive to the company. On the other hand, these missions are vital to the maintenance of the international space station. Only through these rockets launch, NASA to the international space station transport and recovery of scientific experimental tool.
NASA officials said the introduction of the third contractors is to ensure flexibility. Kirk, project manager of the International Space Station
Prior to the CRS1 launch mission, SpaceX and Orbital have had an accident, or can not be completed on time to launch. 2014 and 2015, the two companies were the rocket exploded. After the accident, the two companies suspended the launch and rectification, and is now gradually to restart the execution of the NASA contract.
NASA did not announce that the 3 companies were given more than the value of the contract, only that it will depend on the type of future launch tasks. But Sherman said the NASA's biggest budget for these contracts was $14 billion. But NASA does not plan to use all of these budgets in the CRS2 launch mission.
According to the requirements of the contract, each company must have at least 6 times to fly to the international space station mission execution, the Sierra Nevada is a big advantage, the company has the ability to the International Space Station cargo shipped back to the ground.
Previously, only SpaceX had the ability to perform such a task. Nevada Dream's Chaser Sierra spacecraft will be able to land on the runway, which is similar to the previous NASA space shuttle.
Julie, chief scientist at the International Space Station