Elon Musk’s SpaceX snagged a $440 million NASA contract to design a manned spacecraft but the company wasn’t the only winner. Aeronautics heavyweight Boeing(s ba) also got $440 million and Sierra Nevada received $212.5 million to build their own entries for the space launch sweepstakes known as NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Program (CCiCap).
The goal is to launch manned spacecraft from U.S. soil in the next five years, according to NASA.
SpaceX is building both the spacecraft and the rockets to propel it, and will compete with Sierra Nevada and Boeing, which will design and construct their own spacecraft but rely on Atlas rockets from United Launch Alliance.
Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser Space System was awarded $212.5 million as part of the same NASA Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) Program. The 21-month contract will begin in August 2012.
In May, SpaceX became the first private company to launch and…
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