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Next year should see the first space taxi

В следующем году должно появиться первое космическое таксиCreate unique missiles engaged the Boeing company.

The Boeing company has begun assembling the Atlas V rocket that will carry astronauts to the ISS on Board the new device CST-100 Cockpit.

Boeing and SpaceX both are involved in the Commercial Crew program, which NASA wants to not be dependent on the Russian Soyuz, which has become the main space transportation to the ISS flight after the cancellation of “Shuttles”. In particular, Boeing is working on a device of the CST-100 Cockpit, the first unmanned launch is scheduled for late 2018, but is likely to be delayed until 2019.

However, United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, this week started the Assembly of the rocket Atlas V, which should become the main carrier for the new ship. Construction is underway at a plant in DECATUR (Alabama). The rocket will participate in the certification process NASA, without which the Agency will not be able to allow the astronauts to the Cockpit.

While Boeing is busy working on Cockpit and Atlas V, SpaceX is also working on its own apparatus for flying in the ISS. A few years ago the company introduced a manned spacecraft Dragon 2, with a huge window, which will allow space tourists to enjoy the space. SpaceX is also building a rocket, the Falcon Heavy, which is complete in November this year.

Recall that the Boeing company has agreed to purchase of the manufacturer of the Autonomous technology flying Aurora Flight Sciences, which is known for its system ALIAS robot-the pilot who managed to land the Boeing-737 on the simulators.

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