The SpaceX company has announced the lowcost launch people into space.. / March 24, 2010 /
The private space company SpaceX announced that the company will be able to sell space on manned spacecraft cheaper than $ 50 million. It is so much space on the Russian spacecraft Soyuz. About the new proposal says SpaceX New Scientist.
The price of $ 50 million per flight to orbit and back named president of the company SpaceX Gvayn Shotvell (Gwynne Shotwell) during an appearance before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. According to an unnamed officer NASA, the view which leads New Scientist, so low price is not possible without substantial assistance from the state.
For his part, former financial controller of the American space agency Malcolm Peterson (Malcolm Peterson) said that the most probable value of space «ticket», he says $ 400 million. Agrees with this opinion, the representative of a private company Orbital Sciences, which NASA has contracted to build space vehicles. According to him, place on a private boat can not be cheaper 300-400 million dollars.
Private companies have to deliver the American astronauts to the ISS after the shuttle mission. Such a policy spelled out in the new budget, NASA, issued a ruling on the first of February. Until the «private entrepreneurs» do not give the U.S. a reliable space vehicles into orbit American astronauts will deliver the Russian Soyuz.
In recent years private companies have achieved considerable success in the space industry. For example, Monday, March 22, the company Virgin Galactic had the first flight test vehicle for space tourists SpaceShipTwo. He could make suborbital flights. Another company Bigelow Aerospace recently opened a vacancy for astronauts who will work on the emerging company of inflatable space stations.
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