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Sep 16, 2014 10:03 PM

Boeing And SpaceX Win $6.8 Billion In NASA Contracts

NASA has chosen Boeing And SpaceX to build the vehicles that will transport its astronauts to the International Space Station, putting the two American companies on a course to take over a job that NASA has recently relied upon Russia to perform: carrying out manned space flights.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says vehicles from the two companies are expected to ready for service by 2017.

Announcing its decision Tuesday, the space agency included these details:

"The Boeing Company (Boeing) and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) have each presented to us designs th


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