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Boeing Preps ‘Space Taxi’ for 2017 Maiden Test Flight; Chris Ferguson Comments

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has scheduled an unmanned test flight of a private space taxi to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s commercial crew program, the Space Reporter reported Sunday.

Annika Darling writes that Boeing plans to launch the CST-100 spacecraft in early 2017 from Cape Canaveral, Fla. on an Atlas V rocket.

NASA aims to transport astronauts as well as cargo to the ISS by November 2017.

“It’s been over 1000 days and counting since we landed [on STS-135], ” said Chris Ferguson, Boeing director for crew and mission operations, according to the Space Reporter.

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“As the next year progresses and the design matures and it becomes more refined and we understand our own capability … and NASA understands our capabilities as the space station program gets more involved — then I’m sure they will put the same rigor into our plan as they did into the SpaceX and Orbital Sciences plans, ” Feguson added.

Sierra Nevada and SpaceX have also been working with NASA in order to provide commercial taxi services for U.S. astronauts.

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