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1.What is Commercial Crew?

The NASA-administered Commercial Crew Development Program (CCDev) began with the intention to stimulate the development of privately-funded vehicles capable of sending astronauts to the International Space Station and to secure American independence from foreign launch providers.  Under the program, companies are expected to develop their own vehicles that would meet NASA’s requirements for sending astronauts to the ISS and LEO and return them safely back to Earth.  In the current CCtCap (Commercial Crew Transportation Capabilities) phase, SpaceX and Boeing have been chosen by the administration to complete the overall CCDev requirements and send astronauts to the ISS as early as 2017.  In September 2014, NASA stated that it would award SpaceX and Boeing up to $2.6Billion and $4.2Billion respectively upon completing contract requirements.

The main requirements for a commercial crew vehicle include:

SpaceX’s and Boeing’s crewed vehicles (Crewed Dragon and CST-100) will be launched from Florida with the former riding on top of a Falcon 9 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center and the latter on board an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41.


2. Benefits of Commercial Crew

The commercial crew program will confer many benefits to NASA and the public that include, but are not limited to:


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