***PRESS STATEMENT*** Rep. Rohrabacher Congratulates NASA's Commercial Crew Partners
Washington, Aug 3 - Today, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) issued the following statement congratulating The Boeing Company, Space Exploration Technologies (Space X) and Sierra Nevada Corporation awarded Space Act Agreements by NASA in the agency’s Crew Commercial Integrated Capability (CCiCap) to mature and demonstrate a crew transportation system:
“These three companies are paving the way to ensure a safe, reliable, and cost-effective commercial crew transportation system so our astronauts can return to ISS on domestic launch vehicles as soon as possible. Through public-private partnerships, our country will restore its human spaceflight capability. With commercial providers and competition, NASA will soon be able to purchase safe, domestic, low-cost crew transportation.
“I applaud NASA for their continued dedication to the commercial process which has already yielded great dividends for cargo transportation. By pursuing their plan for multiple industry partners to meet the ISS crew rotation and emergency return needs, NASA is unleashing the power of market competition to reduce reliance on Russia while fostering American innovation, economic growth, and job creation. With competing designs, NASA and these companies will assure the fastest and safest domestic space transportation for our nation’s astronauts.”
Rep. Rohrabacher is a senior member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.