C3PO

Commercial Crew and Cargo Program
Commercial Crew & Cargo Program

The C3PO will extend human presence in space by enabling an expanding and robust U.S. commercial space transportation industry.

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COTS

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Commercial Orbital Transportation Services

C3PO is responsible for managing NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) projects.

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CCDev

Commercial Crew Development

Commercial Crew Development is a NASA investment that will aid in the development and demonstration of safe, reliable, and cost-effective space transportation capabilities.

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Commercial Transportation

The Commercial Spaceflight theme encompasses completion of commercial cargo capability milestones and will expand NASA's efforts to develop commercial crew capability to LEO and the ISS.

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Commercial Crew Program

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) is an innovative partnership to help the United States industry develop space transportation systems that can safely launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) and other low Earth orbit destinations.

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International Space Station Program (ISS)

A human outpost in space bringing nations together for the benefit of life on Earth and beyond.

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Blue Origin
CCDev  
Blue Origin will receive up to $3.7 million in milestone-based CCDev funds to develop a composite crew test module and a launch escape system for its commercial spaceflight vehicle. Blue Origin is developing the New Shepard system, a rocket-propelled vehicle designed to routinely fly multiple astronauts into suborbital space at competitive prices. In addition to providing the public with opportunities to experience spaceflight, the New Shepard system will also provide frequent opportunities for researcher to fly experiments into space and a microgravity environment. The New Shepard vehicle will consist of a pressurized Crew Capsule (CC) carrying experiments and astronauts atop a reliable Propulsion Module (PM). Flights will take place from Blue Origin’s own launch site, which is already operating in West Texas. The New Shepard PM will take-off vertically and accelerate for approximately two and a half minutes before shutting off its rocket engines and coasting into space. The vehicle will carry rocket motors enabling the Crew Capsule to escape from the PM in the event of a serious anomaly during launch. In space, the Crew Capsule will separate from the PM and the two will reenter and land separately for re-use. The Crew Capsule will land softly under a parachute at the launch site. Astronauts and experiments will experience no more than 6 g acceleration into their seats and a 1.5 g lateral acceleration during a typical flight. High-quality microgravity environments (<10-3 g) will be achieved for durations of 3 or more minutes, depending on the mission trajectory.


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Blue Origin Website

SAA Milestones
   
Letter
Description
A
Pusher Escape System
B
Composite Pressure Vessel
       
Milestone #
Description
Planned Date
Approved
A1
Project Kickoff Meeting
Mar-10
COMPLETED
A2
1-DOF TVC Test
Jul-10
COMPLETED
A3
6-DOF TVC Test
Oct-10
COMPLETED
A4
Rocket Sled Test
Mar-11
B1
Project Kickoff Meeting
Mar-10
COMPLETED
B2
Test Article Composite Parts Received
May-10
COMPLETED
B3
Test Article Assembly Complete
Aug-10
COMPLETED
B4
Structural Testing Complete
Oct-10
COMPLETED