Found this on a news site but not on ATS ???
I think this is good news!
German source only but Google translated the text for you.
NASA is investing heavily to develop new spacecraft: $ 1.6 billion awarded by the U.S. space agency over the next two years to private companies to
promote the development of new manned systems. The goal is to end dependence on the Russians.
No longer fly the space shuttle since the Americans are just relying on the Russians: Their "Soyuz" - and "Progress" transporters are currently
the only craft personnel and material to the International Space Station (ISS) can bring. But how unsafe it is just this one connection to have, has
only shown in August, as a "Progress" cargo ship crashed shortly after takeoff. The cause was a malfunction of the "Soyuz" launcher - and with the
almost identical technique also regularly fly astronauts to the ISS. For the "Soyuz" rocket temporary ban was a start, and an evacuation of the ISS
For NASA that was clearly a wake-up call. It could not tackle that depended the 100 billion dollar ISS, the functioning of a single system, says Phil
McAlister, who is responsible for the U.S. space agency Nasa for the commercial space industry. "Every year that we can not start a manned commercial
flights, the station is in danger," McAlister said last week at a conference in Florida.
NASA does so now to help deep in the till to the industry in the development of new systems on the jumps. In the next two years to $ 1.6 billion (1.17
billion euros) will be issued for this purpose, as NASA officials said on Monday. In tender designs is of complete systems including launch vehicle,
spacecraft and ground station of the question. By the middle of the decade, Americans will once again be able to fly into space itself.
With the money to the investments of private enterprises will be encouraged. Barack Obama has asked for the "Commercial Department initiative," NASA
$ 850 million. Whether the Senate will easily make that amount, however, is still open: The responsible Committee last week offered $ 500 million.
The rapid development of its own spacecraft could save the U.S. government's bottom line, however, some expenses. The Russians currently require more
than 50 million dollars to bring a man into space - including training and additional services.
So far, NASA promotes four companies: the Boeing company, Space Exploration Technologies, the Sierra Nevada Corporation, and Blue Origin, the Amazon
founder Jeff Bezos is one. The contracts with these companies Nasa should have a total of 269 million dollars. On Monday, NASA announced the
collaboration with Boeing by 25.6 million and the Sierra Nevada to increase by 20.6 million dollars. At the same time pumps the space agency
additional 46 million dollars in their own commercial space program.
Just last week, NASA had announced plans to build a giant rocket. The "Space Launch System" would surpass with its dimensions, the "Saturn V"
rocket, which brought in the "Apollo" program, the first humans to the moon. At the same time, NASA participated in the development of the
90-meter-long "Liberty" rocket, an international project.