NASA has selected Orbital Sciences as a winner of a $170 Million contract to provide commercial cargo and crew transportation to the space station. The announcement was made this afternoon.
Some significant details regarding this win include:
- Launch would likely not be from Florida, but Virginia, which has many perturbed
- NASA will invest $170 million
- Orbital will build a maneuvering spacecraft called Cygnus
- Orbital will build a Taurus II rocket to launch the Cygnus and modular pressurized and unpressurized cargo
Contact your congressman to call their attention to this historically significant event and urge them to provide more funding to the COTS program.