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Artist impression of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule approaching the International Space Station (NASA)

International Space Station: Transport to space - filling the gap in America’s post-shuttle era

The retirement of NASA’s space shuttle has left the market open for private firms eager for US funding to develop safe transport to carry cargo and crew to the International Space Station. This report looks at the players involved in NASA’s transport programme -– and considers the future as the American space agency faces funding cuts.

AMERICA is paying Russia US$63million per seat for its NASA astronauts to hitch a ride on Soyuz rockets to reach the International Space Station (ISS).

This deal will last until at least 2016 as the US no longer has the means to transport its astronauts to the orbiting research laboratory following t...

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Dr. Emily Baldwin
Blue Origin, owned by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, is building its New Shepard manned rocket which launches and lands in a vertical position and carries up to seven crew
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