Improving space transport safety

Alan Boyle writes about the issues involved in safety and the development of commercial crew transportation services for NASA: New spaceships should be safer than shuttle –

> [Ken Bowersox of SpaceX] noted that the specific requirements for crew-capable vehicles were still under negotiation. Then he went on to say that, based on what NASA has put out so far, SpaceX has “a great chance of meeting those requirements.”

The Boeing Co., which is the prime contractor for the International Space Station, strikes a similar tone. Boeing has proposed building a crew capsule called the CST-100 to send astronauts as well as paying passengers to the space station or other destinations.

“We will meet those requirements that NASA sets forth,” said Edmund Memi, a spokesman for Boeing Space Exploration.


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