- Obama downplays IRS scandal, blames Obamacare rollout on ‘outdated’ agencies
- Pregnancies decline overall, up among older women
- Pentagon plans to destroy Syrian chemical arms on ship at sea
- Paris Metro issues ‘politeness manual’ to improve passengers’ behavior
- Justin Bieber, crew detained at Australian airport in drug search
- Lee Rigby trial: Muslim who machete-hacked soldier calls it ‘humane’ kill
- GM ending Chevy sales in Europe to focus on Opel and Vauxhall
- Putin’s diplomats to U.S. busted for living high life off $1.5M bilked from Medicaid
- Happy Meal: Couple goes to McDonald’s, leaves with bag packed with cash
- Boehner: It took me 3 to 4 hours to sign up for Obamacare
Several companies vying to fly to space station
Several companies are working on rockets and spacecraft that could ferry supplies and astronauts to the International Space Station, now that the shuttle program is over.
A brief look at each:
_Alliant Techsystems Inc., or ATK, headquartered in Arlington, Va., with aerospace division in Magna, Utah. Developing Liberty launch system including rocket and passenger spacecraft. Test flights to begin in 2014, with possible first manned launch in 2015.
_Blue Origin in Kent, Wash. Run by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Developing rocket and space vehicle to transport astronauts. Also planning suborbital flights for experiments and tourists. This latter launch system is called New Shepard, after Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard.
_Boeing, headquartered in Chicago, with spacecraft development in Houston. Space capsule, called CST-100, undergoing parachute drop tests in the Nevada desert. Designed to carry astronauts as well as cargo. Initial test flights to be launched by United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rockets.
_Excalibur Almaz Inc. in Houston. Spacecraft planned for tourism would also serve space station crews.
_Orbital Sciences Corp. in Dulles, Va. Building Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft. First test flight for cargo scheduled by year’s end from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
_Sierra Nevada Corp., headquartered in Sparks, Nev. Space systems group in Louisville, Colo. Building Dream Chaser, a mini shuttle for crews. To be launched aboard United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket. First flight with crew targeted for 2016.
_Space Exploration Technologies Corp. in Hawthorne, Calif. Run by PayPal co-founder Elon Musk. Building Falcon rocket and Dragon spacecraft. First private launch of space station supplies scheduled for Saturday from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
_United Launch Alliance in Centennial, Colo. Joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp., builders of Delta and Atlas rockets, currently used for unmanned flights. Studies under way on manned flights.
Why such hatred toward America's freedom of religion?
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality: liberal group
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Activists encourage Obama to circumvent Congress, use more executive authority
- Obama: Nelson Mandela now 'belongs to the ages'
- NAPOLITANO: Pope Francis should be saving souls, not pocketbooks
- GOP launches candidate training: How to talk to women
- Increase in battlefield deaths linked to new rules of engagement in Afghanistan
- Hack attack: 2 million Facebook, Twitter passwords stolen
- Russian diplomats busted bilking $1.5 million from Medicaid
- Democratic infighting erupts over 'we can have it all' fantasy on entitlements
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