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January 21, 2015
MEDIA ADVISORY M15-012
NASA, Boeing, SpaceX Discuss Plan for Launching American Astronauts from U.S. in 2017

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NASA, Boeing and SpaceX will hold a news briefing on NASA Television at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston at noon EST (11 a.m. CST) Monday, Jan. 26, to highlight key development activities, test plans and objectives for achieving certification of two American crew transportation systems.

Under Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts for NASA’s Launch America initiative, Boeing and SpaceX will develop safe and reliable crew transportation to and from the International Space Station on American spacecraft launched from the United States. This initiative returns the American industry to the forefront of human exploration technology and operations and ends the nation’s sole reliance on Russia for crew transportation to the space station.

The panelists are:

  • NASA Administrator Charles Bolden
  • Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa
  • Commercial Crew Program Manager Kathy Lueders
  • Vice President and General Manager of Boeing Space Exploration John Elbon
  • President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX Gwynne Shotwell
  • NASA astronaut Mike Fincke

To participate in the briefing at Johnson, reporters must contact Kyle Herring at 281-483-5111 or kyle.j.herring@nasa.gov no later than 4 p.m. Friday.

Reporters unable to attend in person who would like to submit questions should send them via email to Stephanie Martin at stephanie.a.martin@nasa.gov. Those following the briefing on social media can ask questions using the hashtag #askNASA.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For more information about NASA's Commercial Crew Program, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

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Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-1100
stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov

Kyle Herring
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-483-5111
kyle.j.herring@nasa.gov

Stephanie Martin
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468
stephanie.a.martin@nasa.gov


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Launch America, Commercial Crew Program
NASA’s Launch America initiative will bring safe, reliable crew transportation on American spacecraft, launched from the United States, to and from the International Space Station.
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