Boeing's CST-100 Vehicle, As Rendered by an Artist. Boeing
The Next Crews With The Right Stuff Will Work For Private Companies, Not NASA -- Popular Science
Spaceship builders will assume the flight risk first with their own test pilot employees.
Private companies are already sending cargo into space on their own, but no one is sending any people yet--for now, Americans can only get to space with help from the Russians. When commercial aerospace firms do start delivering Americans to space for the first time, they will not be wearing NASA meatball patches on their breast pockets.
Instead, commercial test pilots employed by spaceship builders will fly the first crewed missions, according to NASA officials. The space agency is letting the private firms bear that risk before exposing its own astronauts to a privately built ship.
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My Comment: Another sign that the US government is broke.