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NASA Unveils Plan to Boost Space Taxi Development

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NASA plans to spend $1.6 billion over the next two years assisting industry development of space taxis, the space agency announced Monday.

NASA outlined a contract that will be awarded to multiple companies that can provide a complete design — launchers, spaceships, mission operations and ground support — to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

“It’s further evidence we are committed to fully implementing our plan — as laid out in the Authorization Act — to outsource our space station transportation so NASA can focus its energy and resources on deep space exploration,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

With the Space Shuttle retired, NASA currently depends on Russia to fly astronauts to the space station.

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