SpaceX, Boeing race to send astronauts to International Space Station

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SpaceX is on the final lap of the Commercial Crew race to space. If its in-flight abort test   goes well Saturday, it could beat out Boeing to be the first private company to launch astronauts to the International Space Station.

“This has been a race from the very beginning. Boeing and SpaceX have been very competitive,” said Andy Aldrin, director of the Aldrin Space Institute at Florida Tech. “I don’t doubt that the program managers and their respective company are keeping a close eye on what the other guys are doing and want to get there first.”

The Commercial Crew space race began in September 2014 when NASA selected two private companies, SpaceX and Boeing, to build vessels to return American astronauts to space after the retiring of the shuttle in 2011. The United States has relied on the Russian Soyuz rocket to give astronauts a lift since then.



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