Open main menu

Commercial Crew Development

  (Redirected from CCDev1)

Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) is a multiphase, space technology development program that is funded by the U.S. government and administered by NASA. The program is intended to stimulate development of privately operated crew vehicles to be launched into low Earth orbit. The program is run by NASA's Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO).[1]

Commercial Crew Development Program
NASA Commercial Crew Program logo.svg
CountryUnited States
PurposeCommercial crew transportation
Program history
First flightCrew Dragon Demo-1 March 2, 2019
First crewed flightPlanned: Crew Dragon Demo-2 (by the end of 2019) or Boeing Crewed Flight Test (NET November 2019)
Launch site(s)
Vehicle information
Vehicle typeCrew/cargo capsule
Crew vehicle
Crew capacity7
Launch vehicle(s)
First group of nine astronauts selected for the NASA Commercial Crew Development program and the two selected spacecraft, the Boeing CST-100 Starliner (left) and SpaceX Crew Dragon
NASA Commercial Crew and Cargo
Initiative Period

Commercial Cargo Development 2006–2013
Commercial Space Transportation Capabilities 2007–2010
Commercial Crew Development (phase 1) 2010–2011
Commercial Crew Development (phase 2) 2011–2012
Commercial Crew integrated Capability (phase 3)
(base period milestones)
Commercial Crew integrated Capability (phase 4)
(optional period milestones)
Certification Products Contract (crew) 2012–2014
Commercial Crew Transportation Capability 2014–2017
Commercial Resupply Services (cargo) 2011–2016
ISS Crew Transportation Services (crew) 2017–present

NASA's COTS program
Private spaceflight companies

In 2010, in the first phase of the program, NASA provided $50 million combined to five American companies; the money was intended for research and development into private-sector human spaceflight concepts and technologies. NASA solicited a second set of CCdev proposals for technology development projects lasting for a maximum of 14 months in October of that year.[2] In April 2011, NASA announced they would award up to nearly $270 million to four companies as they met their CCDev 2 objectives.

NASA awarded Space Act Agreements for the third phase, named CCiCap, in August 2012; this would last until 2014.[3] CCiCap is followed by CCtCap with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 15 contracts, which formed the fourth and final phase of the program. Contracts were awarded to SpaceX and Boeing in September 2014.[4] Test flights of both spacecraft are scheduled for 2019.[5] SpaceX and Boeing have contracts with NASA to each supply six flights to ISS between 2019 and 2024.[6] The first group of astronauts assigned to fly on the two selected spacecraft were announced on August 3, 2018.[7]



The key, high-level requirements for the Commercial Crew vehicles include:

  • Deliver and return four crew members and their equipment to International Space Station (ISS);[8][9]
  • Provide assured crew return in the event of an emergency;[8]
  • Serve as a 24-hour safe haven in the event of an emergency;[8][9]
  • Capable of remaining docked for 210 days—[8][9] the Space Shuttle could only remain docked for a maximum of 12 days.[10]

Program overviewEdit

Flag left aboard ISS by the crew of STS-135 is to be retrieved by the next crew launched on an American vehicle.

The NASA CCDev program followed Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS), a program for developing commercial launch capability to send cargo into low Earth orbit. In December 2009, NASA provided the following description of the CCDev program:[11]

The objectives of the Commercial Crew & Cargo Program are to implement U.S. Space Exploration policy with investments to stimulate the commercial space industry; facilitate U.S. private industry demonstration of cargo and crew space transportation capabilities with the goal of achieving safe, reliable, cost effective access to low-Earth orbit; and create a market environment in which commercial space transportation services are available to Government and private sector customers.[11]

The Commercial Crew & Cargo Program is applying Recovery Act funds to stimulate efforts within the private sector to develop and demonstrate human spaceflight capabilities. NASA plans to use funds appropriated for "Exploration" under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) through its C3PO to support efforts within the private sector to develop system concepts and capabilities that could ultimately lead to the availability of commercial human spaceflight services. These efforts are intended to foster entrepreneurial activity leading to job growth in engineering, analysis, design, and research and to promote economic recovery as capabilities for new markets are created.[11]

ARRA provided $400 million for space exploration related activities. Of this amount, $50 million is to be used for the development of commercial crew space transportation concepts and enabling capabilities. This effort is known as CCDev. The purpose of this activity is to provide funding to assist viable commercial entities in the development of system concepts, key technologies, and capabilities that could ultimately be used in commercial crew human space transportation systems. This development work must show, within the timeframe of the agreement, significant progress on long lead capabilities, technologies and commercial crew risk mitigation tasks in order to accelerate the development of their commercial crew space transportation concept.[11]

Contract funding for the CCDev program is different from traditional space industry contractor funding used on the Space Shuttle, Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury programs. Contracts are explicitly designed to fund subsystem technology development objectives that NASA wants for NASA purposes; all other system technology development is funded by the commercial contractor. Contracts are issued for fixed-price, pay-for-performance milestones. "NASA's contribution is fixed".[12]

Funding and effect on scheduleEdit

Requested vs appropriated funding by year

The first flight of the CCDev program was planned to occur in 2015, but insufficient funding caused delays.[13][14] Administrator of NASA Charles Bolden attributed the delays to insufficient funding from Congress.[15][16] Michael López-Alegría, President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, also attributed the delays in the program to funding problems.[17]

For the fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget, US$500 million was requested for the CCDev program, but Congress granted only $270 million.[18] For the FY 2012 budget, $850 million was requested but Congress approved a budget of $406 million, and as a result the first flight of CCDev was postponed from 2016 to 2017.[14] For the 2013 budget, 830 million was requested but Congress approved $488 million.[19] For the FY 2014 budget, $821 million was requested, Congress approved $696 million.[13][needs update][20] In FY 2015, NASA received $805 million from Congress for the CCDev program; 95% of the $848 million requested by the Obama administration and the largest annual amount since the beginning of the program.[21]

Spaceflight gap after STSEdit

Saturn IB mounted on the "milkstool" platform. Its 1975 flight was the last manned U.S. mission until 1981

After the last flight of the STS in 2011 the clock began ticking on a U.S. spaceflight gap.[22] The previous spaceflight gap was between 1975 (a Saturn IB launch) and the first STS flight in April 1981, about six years.[22] Unlike the last human spaceflight gap, the U.S. has bought seats on the still-active Russian launcher as part of their continuing joint international project, the International Space Station.[22] U.S. Congress was aware such a gap could occur and accelerated funding in 2008 and 2009 in preparation for the retirement of the Shuttle.[23] At that time the first crewed flight of the planned Ares I launcher would not have occurred until 2015, and its first use at ISS until 2016.[23] Steps were also taken to extend STS operation past 2010.[23] However, in 2010 the Ares I was cancelled and focus shifted to the Space Launch System and the commercial crew program.[24] As of 2016 the first manned flight of SLS is Exploration Mission 2, to launch in 2021 at the earliest.[25] As of 2016 a manned commercial crew mission might occur as early as 2018.[26][27] If NASA does get access to its own launcher it may be able to again trade seats rather than buy them, or the two countries may organize another sale.[27] NASA has bought seats for 2018, and it may need to buy seats for 2019 also.[27]

NASA bought seats on the Russian launcher even while the Space Shuttle was active, and partners in the International Space Station project needed to cross-train on each-others launchers and equipment.[28] When the STS program ended, this aspect of the involvement in ISS continued, and NASA has a contract for seats until at least 2017.[29] The price has varied over time, and the batch of seats from 2016 to 2017 works out to 70.7 million per passenger per flight.[29] The use of the Russian launcher Soyuz by NASA was a part of the ISS program which was orchestrated in the 1990s when that project was planned out: it is used as the emergency lifeboat for the station even before the Space Shuttle retired so anyone staying on the station had to train on this spacecraft regardless.[30] The first Soyuz flight to ISS in 2000 included a U.S. astronaut (Soyuz TM-31 as part of Expedition 1). U.S. astronauts regularly flew on the Soyuz while the Shuttle program regularly visited the Station, even as it brought major components. Likewise Russian and other international partners also flew on the Space Shuttle and the Soyuz spacecraft, sometimes only on one direction of the journey.

The U.S. was working on an emergency escape vehicle called the HL-20 Personnel Launch System but was cancelled in 1993 in favor of using extra Soyuz spacecraft as lifeboats; not developing another spacecraft was seen as a way to save money in the aftermath of restructuring the Space Station Freedom project when the USSR dissolved in 1991.[31] Regardless, CCDev "seats" have often been compared to Soyuz prices for comparison during its development.[32] With no other launcher available NASA may have to buy seats until 2019 to access the international space station.[27] The other main partners in ISS, the ESA, cancelled its own manned launch system, the Hermes mini-shuttle, in 1992.[33] The ESA had previously traded Spacelab hardware for flights on Space Shuttles.[34] There has been some interest from Europe in the CCDev contenders, especially with Dream Chaser, with one party saying it was, "..ideal vehicle for a broad range of space applications."[35]


CCDev 1Edit

Construction of the CST-100 pressure vessel was one of Boeing's CCDev 1 milestones

Under CCDev phase 1, NASA has entered into funded Space Act Agreements with several companies working on technologies and systems for human space flight. Funding was provided as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. A total of $50 million for 2010 was awarded to five American companies with the intention of fostering research and development into human spaceflight concepts and technologies in the private sector.[11][36][37] The phase 1 amount was originally intended to be $150 million, most of which was diverted to the Constellation program by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL).[38] All 53 delivery milestones for the five companies were scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010.[12]

Proposals selectedEdit

NASA awarded development funds to five companies under CCDev 1:

Proposals receivedEdit

During the evaluation phase of CCDev1 proposals were received from the following participants:[48]

CCDev 2Edit

The construction of a Dragon crew mock-up was one of SpaceX's CCDev 2 milestones, it is seen here during an event

NASA sought a second set of Commercial Crew Development proposals in October 2010. These could be both new concepts and proposals that mature the design and development of system elements, such as launch vehicles and spacecraft. NASA originally planned to issue about $200 million of Space Act Agreements in March 2011.[2] On April 18, 2011, NASA awarded nearly $270 million to four companies for developing U.S. vehicles that could fly astronauts after the Space Shuttle fleet's retirement.[49]

In August the same year, NASA provided status on the progress milestones of the four companies developing crew vehicle technologies under CCDev 2.[50] There are nine-to-eleven specific milestones, spread over the second quarter of 2011 through to the second quarter of 2012, that each company must meet to receive their performance-based funding for CCDev 2.[51]

Proposals selectedEdit

Winners of funding in the second round of the CCDev were:[52]

  • Blue Origin, Kent, Washington: $22 million. Blue Origin proposed advancing technologies in support of a biconic nose cone design orbital vehicle, including launch abort systems and restartable, liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen engines.[53][54] Blue Origin has since completed all of its CCDev 2 milestones.[55] In November 2014, NASA announced three additional unfunded milestones, which include further testing of Blue Origin's propellant tank, BE-3 engine and pusher escape system.[56]
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation, Louisville, Colorado: $80 million. Sierra Nevada proposed four phase 2 extensions of its Dream Chaser spaceplane technology.[57] Like the Orbital Sciences proposal, the Dream Chaser was also a lifting body design.[58] Sierra Nevada will use Virgin Galactic to market Dream Chaser commercial services and will use Virgin's WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft as a platform for drop trials of the Dream Chaser atmospheric test vehicle in 2012.[57][59][60]
  • Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), Hawthorne, California: $75 million. SpaceX proposed[61] to develop an "integrated launch abort system design" for the Dragon spacecraft, with theoretical advantages over the more traditional tractor tower approaches used on earlier manned space capsules. The system would be part of SpaceX's Draco maneuvering system, which is currently used on the Dragon capsule for in-orbit maneuvering and de-orbit burns.[62] SpaceX completed its CCDev 2 milestones by August 2012.[55]
  • The Boeing Company, Houston, Texas: $92.3 million. Boeing proposed additional development for the seven-person CST-100 spacecraft, beyond the objectives for the $18 million received from NASA in CCDev 1. The capsule will have personnel and cargo configurations, and is designed to be launched by multiple different rockets and be reusable up to 10 times.[63]

Proposals selected without NASA fundingEdit

  • United Launch Alliance proposed to extend development work on human-rating the Atlas V rocket.[64] Although not selected for funding, NASA entered into an unfunded Space Act Agreement with ULA in July 2011 to share information with the goal of advancing the development of the rocket, which is the proposed launch vehicle for the Blue Origin, Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corporation proposals.[65][66][67][68] ULA finished completing all of their CCDev 2 milestones by September 2012.[55]
  • Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and Astrium proposed development of the Liberty rocket derived from the Ares I and Ariane 5.[69] On September 13, 2011, it was reported that NASA intended to form at agreement with ATK to further develop the Liberty rocket as a heavy launch vehicle capable of launching humans into space. Although no funding is to be provided by NASA, the agency will share expertise and technology.[70][71] ATK finished completing all of its CCDev 2 milestones by August 2012.[55]
  • Excalibur Almaz Inc. is developing a crewed system incorporating modernized, Soviet-era space hardware designs intended for tourism flights to orbit. On October 26, 2011, NASA announced it had entered into an unfunded Space Act Agreement with EAI, establishing a framework to collaborate to further develop EAI's spacecraft concept for low Earth orbit crew transportation. EAI's concept for commercial crew to the ISS is to use the company's planned three-person space vehicle with an intermediate stage and fly the integrated vehicle on a commercially available launch vehicle.[72][73] Excalibur Almaz finished completing all of their CCDev 2 milestones by June 2012.[55]

Proposals not selectedEdit

Proposals that were not awarded funds in the second round of the CCDev program were:

  • Orbital Sciences proposed the Prometheus lifting-body spaceplane vehicle, about one-quarter the size of the Space Shuttle.[74] The Vertical Takeoff, Horizontal Landing (VTHL) vehicle would be launched on a human-rated Atlas V rocket but would land on a runway.[75] The initial design would carry a crew of four, but it could carry up to six people or a combination of crew and cargo. In addition to Orbital Sciences, the consortium included Northrop Grumman that would have built the spaceplane and the United Launch Alliance that would have provided the launch vehicle.[76] Virgin Galactic also confirmed it would be teaming with Orbital on the Orbital CCDev 2 project.[59] After failing to be selected for a CCDev phase 2 award by NASA, Orbital announced in April 2011 it would likely wind down its efforts to develop a commercial crew vehicle.[77]
  • Paragon Space Development Corporation proposed additional development of the Commercial Crew Transport-Air Revitalization System (CCT-ARS) program in 2011, to permit the building-out of the other parts of the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems to provide the complete solution for its commercial crew transport customers.[78]
  • t/Space proposed a recoverable, reusable, eight-person crew or cargo transfer spacecraft that could launch on a variety of launch vehicles including the Atlas V, Falcon 9 and Taurus II rockets.[79]
  • United Space Alliance proposed under a plan called Commercial Space Transportation Service (CSTS) to fly commercially the two remaining Space Shuttle vehicles, Endeavour and Atlantis, twice a year from 2013 to 2017.[80]

Commercial Crew integrated CapabilityEdit

Flight testing of the Dream Chaser Engineering Test Article was one of Sierra Nevada's CCiCap milestones

The Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative is the third round of the CCdev program and was originally called CCDev 3.[81] For this phase of the program, NASA wanted proposals to be complete, end-to-end designs including spacecraft, launch vehicles, launch services, ground and mission operations, and recovery. In September 2011, NASA released a draft request for proposals (RFP).[82]

The U.S. government's was originally intended to use a new contracting mechanism for CCiCap that differed from the Space Act Agreement's fixed-price, milestone-based contracts of the previous phases. As of October 2011, NASA was planning to award competitive contracts under the more traditional Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) system instead of using Space Act Agreements.[82] After some months of planning for the new-style contracting approach, NASA announced in mid-December 2011 it would resume use of Space Act Agreements because of Congressional funding reductions to the program for Fiscal Year 2012.[83][84] NASA planned to use FAR contracts for the certification of Commercial Transportation Services to the ISS.[85] The final RFP was released on February 7, 2012, with proposals due on March 23, 2012.[86][87]

The funded Space Act Agreements were awarded on August 3, 2012, and amended on August 15, 2013. CCiCap contracts were planned to be completed by August 2014.[3][88] NASA hoped facilitating development of this U.S. capability will provide safe, reliable and cost effective human transportation to low-Earth orbit (LEO).[81]

Proposals selectedEdit

Winners of funding in the third round of the Commercial Crew Development program, announced on August 3, 2012, were:

  • Sierra Nevada Corporation, Louisville, Colorado: $212.5 million. Sierra Nevada Corporation proposed further development of its Dream Chaser spaceplane/Atlas V system.[3]
  • Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), Hawthorne, California: $440 million. SpaceX proposed further development of the Dragon spacecraft / Falcon 9 system.[3]
  • The Boeing Company, Houston, Texas: $460 million. Boeing proposed further development for the CST-100 spacecraft/Atlas V system.[3]

Proposals that passed acceptability screeningEdit

Proposals not selectedEdit

Development achievementsEdit

NASA reported that as of November 2014, Boeing had completed all of its CCiCap milestones;[56] Sierra Nevada had completed 10 of its 13 milestones; SpaceX had completed 13 of its 18 milestones. SpaceX received an extra milestone that is to be completed by March 2015.[90] The milestones are listed in the appendixes to the Funded Space Act Agreements.[N 1][91] In May 2014, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX completed reviews detailing plans to meet NASA's certification requirements to transport crew members to and from the ISS.[92]

Preparation for the next phaseEdit

In June 2014, Boeing announced it intended to send out preliminary lay-off notices to 215 employees—approximately 170 in Houston and 45 in Florida—to prepare for the possibility that Boeing would not be selected to continue work into the next phase following the expected NASA shortlist in mid-2014. These advance notices are required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) legislation under U.S. law, and must be issued 60 days before any large lay-off is expected to take effect. If Boeing was selected to continue, the lay-offs would not occur and Boeing would hire an additional 75 personnel. Sierra Nevada "is not preparing any WARN notices to its Dream Chaser workforce".[93]

Certification Products Contract (CPC) phase 1Edit

The first phase of the Certification Products Contract (CPC) involved the review of the integrated crew transportation systems through the creation of a certification plan that would result in the development of engineering standards, tests and analyses of the systems' designs.[94] This phase of CPC was expected to run from January 22, 2013, to May 30, 2014.[94]

Proposals selectedEdit

Winners of funding of phase 1 of the CPC, announced on December 10, 2012, were:[94]

  • Sierra Nevada Corporation, Louisville, Colorado: $10 million.
  • Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), Hawthorne, California: $9.6 million.
  • The Boeing Company, Houston, Texas: $9.9 million.

Certification Products Contract (CPC) phase 2Edit

The second phase of the CPC was expected to begin in mid-2014; it would involve a full and open competition and would include the final development, testing and verifications to allow crewed demonstration flights to the ISS.[94] Phase 2 is called Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap).[95] NASA proposed the second phase of the program would begin purchasing commercial astronaut transportation services with the CCtCap solicitation. Contract award and funding occurred in 2014; flights of NASA astronauts on CCtCap-provided vehicles would not occur before 2017.[96] In a change from previous CCDev programs where commercial providers tested the developed technology to NASA contractual requirements, CCtCap will include Joint Test Teams (JTT) with NASA personnel operating in a traditional NASA acquisition approach in which NASA oversees some design choices and offers flexible-price cost-sharing to pay for the tests.[96] NASA issued the draft CCtCap contract's Request For Proposals (RFP) on July 19, 2013; the response date was August 15, 2013.[95]

According to the letter and Executive Summary:

  • "The [CCtCap] contract is the second phase of a 2-phased procurement strategy to develop a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability to achieve safe, reliable and cost effective access to and from the [ISS] with a goal of no later than 2017".[97]:p. 4
  • Performance-based payments are to be used in this competitive, negotiated acquisition.[97]:p. 1
  • Proposed deviation language to specific FAR and NFS clauses and proposed waiving of clauses were suggested.[97]:p. 1
  • Under CCtCap the final Design, Development, Test, and Evaluation (DDTE) activities necessary to achieve NASA's certification of a Crew Transportation System (CTS) will be conducted.[97]:p. 4 The contract will be issued under Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Part 15 and will be Firm Fixed Price (FFP).[97]:p. 4

There are four separate Contract Line Items (CLINs) for CTS certification; ISS mission support, special studies and additional cargo capability if proposed.[97]:p. 4 NASA was to supply four Docking System Block 1 Units on a no-charge-for-use basis. The first unit would be available in February 2016.[97]:p. 8 NASA held a Commercial Crew Pre-proposal Conference at Kennedy Space Center on December 4, 2013, after formally requesting proposals for CCtCap in late November that year.[98]

NASA's 2014 budget for CCtCap was US$696 million; it was reduced from an Obama Administration request of US$821 million.[96] In May 2014, NASA announced each awardee was to perform at least one crewed test flight to verify the spacecraft could dock with the ISS and all its systems performed as expected. NASA intended to meet its station crew rotation requirements by including at least two, and at most six crewed, post-certification missions in the contracts.[99] NASA also intended CCtCap would allow U.S. providers to supply other customers.[99]


On September 16, 2014, NASA announced that Boeing and SpaceX had received contracts to provide crewed launch services to the ISS. For completing the same contract requirements, Boeing could receive up to US$4.2 billion, while SpaceX could receive up to US$2.6 billion.[4] Both Boeing CST-100 flying on United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V and SpaceX Dragon V2 flying on Falcon 9 were awarded for the same set of requirements: completing development and certification of their crew vehicle then flying a certification flight followed by up to six operational flights to the ISS. The contracts included at least two operational flights for each company.[100]

The total program award of US$6.8 billion covers development costs through CCtCap program funding—$3.42 billion over the years 2015–2019 with $848 million in the commercial crew budget request for FY 2015—and $3.4 billion for operational crew resupply to the ISS—12 flights with four astronauts on each flight, where NASA assumed the same per-seat price of $70.7 million it would pay for each Soyuz seat in 2016.[100][101] With the program awards in September, NASA did not release the number of proposals it received or any details about the selection process; it stated such information would be released "at an 'appropriate' but unspecified date".[100]

On September 26, 2014, Sierra Nevada Corporation submitted a protest of the CCtCap awards, stating to have undercut Boeing by $900 million while scoring close to its competitors in the other criteria.[102] The Government Accountability Office (GAO) had until January 5, 2015, to rule on the protest.[103] By October 1, 2014, NASA had instructed Boeing and SpaceX to halt work on the CCtCap contracts.[104] On October 8, 2014, NASA instructed the contractors to proceed with contract work during the GAO review.[105] In January 2015, the GAO denied Sierra Nevada Corporation's protest.[106]

In 2016 the firms scheduled additional testing and certification milestones. The auditors do not expect the first flights until late 2018.[107]

CCtCap contract progressEdit

As of December 2014, both SpaceX and Boeing had started work on their Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts.[108]

As of September 2016 although both companies are advancing they are running behind their previous schedule. Additional milestones have been agreed with NASA see Annex B (Boeing) and Annex C (SpaceX) of the September 2016 Audit of the Commercial Crew Program.[107] Boeing increased its milestones from 23 to 34 and has achieved 15.[109] SpaceX has increased its milestones from 18 to 21 and has achieved 8. SpaceX also has an uncompleted milestone left over from CCiCap.[110]


As of January 2017 NASA has ordered twelve commercial post-certification missions to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station, six with each supplier.[6] Astronaut selections for the first four missions were announced on August 2, 2018.[111][7]

Spacecraft Mission Description Crew Date Outcome
Dragon 2 SpX-DM1 Uncrewed test flight None 2 March 2019[112] Success
Dragon 2 In Flight Abort Test In-flight abort test at max Q None June 2019[113] Planned
Dragon 2 SpX-DM2 Crewed test flight Robert Behnken, Douglas Hurley July 2019[113] Planned
CST-100 Boe-OFT Uncrewed test flight None NET August 2019[114] Planned
CST-100 Boe-CFT Crewed test flight Michael Fincke, Christopher Ferguson, Nicole Aunapu Mann NET November 2019[114] Planned
Dragon 2 USCV-1 First Dragon mission to carry a long duration Expedition crew to the ISS Michael S. Hopkins, Victor Glover December 2019 Planned
CST-100 USCV-2 First Starliner mission to carry a long duration Expedition crew to the ISS Sunita Williams, Josh Cassada, Soichi Noguchi February 2020 Planned

Funding summaryEdit

The funding of all commercial crew contractors for each phase of the CCP program is as follows—CCtCap values are maxima and include post-development operational flights.[quantify]

Funding Summary (millions of US$)
CCtCap[101] Total
(2010–2017[needs update]
Manufacturers of spacecraft
The Boeing Company 18.0 92.3 + 20.61 460.0 + 203 9.9 4,200.0 4,820.9
Blue Origin 3.7 22.0 25.7
Sierra Nevada Corporation 20.0 80.0 + 25.61 212.5 + 153 10.0 362.1
SpaceX 75.0 440.0 + 203 9.6 2,600.0 3,144.6
Excalibur Almaz 02 0
Manufacturers of launch vehicles
United Launch Alliance 6.7 0 6.7
Alliant Techsystems (ATK) 0 0
Paragon Space Development Corporation 1.4 1.4
Total: 49.8 315.5 1,167.5 29.6 6,800.0 8,362.4

1 Additional amount awarded in 2011.
2 Space Act Agreement signed in 2011 in the frame of CCDev2.[72]
3 Additional amount awarded in 2013.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Agreements and amendments are linked to from the CCiCap page of the NASA web site and in the External links below.[91]


  1. ^ Commercial Crew & Cargo Program Office. NASA website, June 3, 2014, accessed December 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "NASA Seeks More Proposals On Commercial Crew Development". press release 10-277. NASA. October 25, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "NASA Announces Next Steps in Effort to Launch Americans from U.S. Soil". NASA. August 3, 2012. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Bolden, Charlie. "American Companies Selected to Return Astronaut Launches to American Soil". Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ a b "NASA Assigns Crews to First Test Flights, Missions on Commercial Spacecraft". NASA. August 3, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d Bayt, Rob (July 26, 2011). "Commercial Crew Program: Key Driving Requirements Walkthrough". NASA. Archived from the original on March 28, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  9. ^ a b c "Commercial Crew Program – fact sheet" (PDF). NASA. February 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  10. ^ Memi, Ed (July 2005). "Space Shuttle upgrade lets astronauts at ISS stay in space longer". Boeing. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Selection Statement For Commercial Crew Development" (PDF). JSC-CCDev-1. NASA. December 9, 2008. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Moving Forward: Commercial Crew Development Building the Next Era in Spaceflight" (PDF). Rendezvous. NASA. 2010. pp. 10–17. Retrieved February 14, 2011. Just as in the COTS projects, in the CCDev project we have fixed-price, pay-for-performance milestones," Thorn said. "There's no extra money invested by NASA if the projects cost more than projected.
  13. ^ a b Norris, Guy (May 31, 2013). "NASA Chief Repeats Warnings On Commercial Crew Delays". Aviation Week. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  14. ^ a b Clark, Stephen (November 23, 2011). "Reduced budget threatens delay in private spaceships". Spaceflightnow. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  15. ^ Bolden, Charles (April 30, 2013). "Launching American Astronauts from U.S. Soil". Retrieved May 1, 2013. If NASA had received the President's requested funding for this plan, we would not have been forced to recently sign a new contract with Roscosmos for Soyuz transportation flights. Because the funding for the President's plan has been significantly reduced, we now won't be able to support American launches until 2017. Even this delayed availability will be in question if Congress does not fully support the President's fiscal year 2014 request for our Commercial Crew Program, forcing us once again to extend our contract with the Russians.
  16. ^ Leone, Dan (March 4, 2015). "NASA Making Plans for Russia's Secession From ISS". SpaceNews. Retrieved March 5, 2015. Had we gotten the funding that was first requested when I became the NASA administrator [in 2009], we would have been all joyously going to the Kennedy Space Center later this year to watch the first launch of some commercial spacecraft with our crew members on it.
  17. ^ "CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria Statement on NASA Contract Extension with Roscosmos". Commercial Spaceflight Federation. May 2, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  18. ^ "Senate Panel Cuts Commercial Crew, Adds Funds for Orion and Heavy Lift". Space News. July 21, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  19. ^ McAlister, Phillip (April 18, 2013). "Commercial Spaceflight Update" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  20. ^ Joe Pappalardo (September 16, 2014). "Is the Relationship Between NASA and Private Space About to Sour?". Popular Mechanics.
  21. ^ Clark, Stephen (December 14, 2014). "NASA gets budget hike in spending bill passed by Congress". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved December 15, 2014.
  22. ^ a b c Denise Chow (April 14, 2011). "NASA Faces Awkward, Unfortunate Spaceflight Gap". Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  23. ^ a b c "Extra NASA funds: An initial step towards gap reduction options/extension -".
  24. ^ Boen, Brooke (June 6, 2013). "NASA Announces Design for New Deep Space Exploration System".
  25. ^ Daines, Gary (December 1, 2016). "First Flight With Crew Will Mark Important Step on Journey to Mars".
  26. ^ "Boeing, SpaceX update progress on commercial crew spacecraft – SpaceFlight Insider".
  27. ^ a b c d "NASA officials mulling the possibility of purchasing Soyuz seats for 2019".
  28. ^ "Time running out for space station deal". April 1, 2005.
  29. ^ a b "NASA to Pay $70 Million a Seat to Fly Astronauts on Russian Spacecraft".
  30. ^ May, Sandra (May 20, 2015). "What Is the Soyuz Spacecraft?".
  31. ^ x0av6 (August 4, 2016). "HL-20 – Lifting Body Spaceplane for Personnel Launch System".
  32. ^ "Commercial Crew To Cost More Than Soyuz".
  33. ^ esa. "History: Hermes spaceplane, 1987".
  34. ^ Space Transportation System – HAER No. TX-116 – p. 46. Quote: "..Later, NASA purchased LM2, the second lab"
  35. ^ de Selding, Peter B. (April 17, 2015). "DLR Renews Cooperation with SNC on Dream Chaser". Space News. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  36. ^ "NASA Selects Commercial Firms to Begin Development of Crew Transportation Concepts and Technology Demonstrations for Human Spaceflight Using Recovery Act Funds". press release. NASA. February 1, 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2010.
  37. ^ "Commercial Crew and Cargo Program" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 5, 2010.
  38. ^ "Shelby wins battle on stimulus funding".
  39. ^ Jeff Foust. "Blue Origin proposes orbital vehicle".
  40. ^ a b c d "CCDev awardees one year later: where are they now?". NewSpace Journal. February 4, 2011. Archived from the original on June 5, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
  41. ^ NASA Selects Boeing for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Award to Study Crew Capsule-based Design
  42. ^ "Boeing CCDev". Commercial Crew & Cargo. NASA. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  43. ^ "CCDev Information". NASA. July 20, 2010.
  44. ^ "SNC receives largest award of NASA's CCDev Competitive Contract". SNC. February 1, 2010. Archived from the original on February 7, 2010.
  45. ^ Bourzac, Katherine (January 18, 2011). "A Private Space Shuttle Replacement". Technology Review. MIT. Retrieved January 22, 2011. This spacecraft, the size of a business jet, will take cargo and up to eight people into low Earth orbit, where the space station is located, and then return and land on commercial airport runways.
  46. ^ "NASA Selects United Launch Alliance for Commercial Crew Development Program". February 2, 2010. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
  47. ^ "United Launch Alliance CCDev". Commercial Crew & Cargo. NASA. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  48. ^ JSC-CCDev-1 "Selection Statement for Commercial Crew Development". NASA via, December 8, 2009.
  49. ^ Dean, James. "NASA awards $270 million for commercial crew efforts"., April 18, 2011.
  50. ^ Bergin, Chris (August 1, 2011). "NASA oversight of CCDev-2 Partners reveals progress milestones". NASA Spaceflight. Retrieved August 3, 2011.
  51. ^ "CCDev 2 Milestone Schedule" (pdf). NASA. August 16, 2011. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  52. ^ Morring, Frank, Jr. (April 22, 2011). "Five Vehicles Vie To Succeed Space Shuttle". Aviation Week. Archived from the original on December 21, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2011. the CCDev-2 awards, ... went to Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corp. and Space Exploration Technologies Inc. (SpaceX).
  53. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), p. 2-1
  54. ^ " Blue Origin Technology" Archived January 10, 2018, at the Wayback Machine. Blue Origin. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  55. ^ a b c d e "Commercial Crew Program Update" (PDF). NASA. December 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
  56. ^ a b "RELEASE 14-317 NASA Commercial Crew Partners Continue System Advancements". NASA. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  57. ^ a b Orbital Aims For Station With Lifting Body[permanent dead link]. Aviation Week, 2010-12-17, accessed 2010-12-20. "will use Virgin to market its services. But Sierra is also in discussions about using Virgin's WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft as a platform for drop trials of the Dream Chaser atmospheric test vehicle"
  58. ^ Companies submit plans for new NASA spacecraft[permanent dead link]. Daily Record, 2010-12-17, accessed 2010-12-20.
  59. ^ a b Virgin joins forces with two companies on CCDev, NewSpace Journal, 2010-12-16, accessed 2010-12-18.
  60. ^ Trivers, Elise (February 5, 2011). "NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver touts Colorado's role in space exploration". Boulder Daily Camera. 00:18. Retrieved February 6, 2011. Behind me is the Dream Chaser. It's the core structure that will become an atmospheric flight test vehicle in 2012 for drop tests. We're gonna take it up on the Virgin Galactic White Knight 2, the big airplane, that's gonna carry it underneath, drop it, and we'll do approach and landing tests, much like what was done for the Space Shuttle before it flew into space.
  61. ^ "Commercial Crew Development (CCDEV) video" (video). SpaceX. January 14, 2011. 3:40. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  62. ^ "Taking the next step: Commercial Crew Development Round 2". SpaceX Updates webpage. SpaceX. January 17, 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  63. ^ Boeing Submits Proposal for 2nd Round Of Commercial Crew Dev. spaceflight news, December 14, 2010, accessed December 27, 2010.
  64. ^ Sowers, George (January 10, 2011). "Broadcast 1493, @07:10". broadcast of The Space Show. The Space Show. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
  65. ^ "NASA Begins Commercial Partnership With United Launch Alliance". NASA. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  66. ^ Bergin, Chris. "NASA and ULA agree SAA to complete the human rating of Atlas V"., July 18, 2011.
  67. ^ "NASA inks agreement with maker of Atlas V rocket"
  68. ^ Amos, Jonathon. "Atlas rocket in line for human launches". BBC News. July 18, 2011. Retrieved: July 19, 2011.
  69. ^ Malik, Tariq (February 8, 2010). "Scrapped NASA Rocket May be Resurrected for Commercial Launches". Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  70. ^ "NASA, private firm may team up on Liberty rocket". USA Today. Retrieved September 13, 2011.
  71. ^ "Commercial Crew Program Forum Presentation" Archived October 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, p. 7., September 16, 2011.
  72. ^ a b "CCP and Excalibur Sign Space Act Agreement". NASA.
  73. ^ "Excalibur Almaz, NASA sign commercial spaceflight deal"
  74. ^ "The Shape of Things to Come – Orbital's Prometheus™ Space Plane Ready for NASA's Commercial Crew Development Initiative" (PDF).
  75. ^ Orbital Proposes Spaceplan for Astronauts, Wall Street Journal, December 14, 2010, accessed December 15, 2010.
  76. ^ Jumping into the New Space Race, Orbital Sciences Unveils Mini-Shuttle Spaceplane Design, Popular Science, 2010-12-16, accessed 2010-12-18. "Orbital Sciences isn't the kind of independent, private, "new space" enterprise as, say, SpaceX. It's a consortium of defense and aviation heavy-hitters: Northrop would build the plane, and the rockets would be provided by United Launch Alliance (read: Boeing and Lockheed)."
  77. ^ "Orbital may wind down its commercial crew effort". NewSpace Journal. April 22, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2011. CEO Dave Thompson said ... "I don't, at this time, anticipate that we'll continue to pursue our own project in that race. We'll watch it and if an opportunity develops we may reconsider. But at this point, I would not anticipate a lot of activity on our part in the commercial crew market."
  78. ^ "(press release) Paragon Space Development Corporation Completes All Development Milestones on the NASA Commercial Crew Development Program" (PDF). Paragon. January 31, 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 15, 2011.
  79. ^ Boyle, Alan (February 11, 2011). "Let's talk about the final frontier". Cosmic Log. MSNBC. Archived from the original on February 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-13. the proposal calls for the development of a spaceship that could be sent into space on a variety of launch vehicles. ... "Up to eight crew, Soyuz-like architecture (recoverable reusable crew element, expendable orbital/cargo module). Incorporates HMX's patented integral abort system (uses OMS/RCS propellant in separate abort engines). Can fly on Atlas 401 [a configuration for the Atlas 5 rocket], F9 [SpaceX's Falcon 9] or Taurus II (enhanced) but with a reduced cargo and crew capability on the latter vehicle. Goal is to be the lowest-price provider on a per-seat basis. Nominal land recovery with water backup."
  80. ^ "NASA weighs plan to keep shuttle until 2017 – Technology & science – Space – NBC News".
  81. ^ a b "COMMERCIAL CREW INTEGRATED CAPABILITY". NASA. January 23, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  82. ^ a b "Statement of William H. Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; before the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Committee on Science, Space and Technology; U. S. House of Representatives" (PDF). October 12, 2011. pp. 6–7.
  83. ^ Morring, Frank (December 15, 2011). "NASA Shifts CCDev Back To Space Act". Aviation Week. Retrieved December 16, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  84. ^ Leone, Dan (December 15, 2011). "Citing Budget Uncertainty, NASA Switches Commercial Crew Procurement Approach". Space News. Retrieved December 16, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  85. ^ "Commercial Crew Program – December 20, 2011 Program Forum presentation". NASA. December 20, 2011. Archived from the original on June 12, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  86. ^ "CCiCap Solicitation". NASA. February 7, 2012. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  87. ^ "Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Pre-Proposal Conference". NASA. February 14, 2012. Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
  88. ^ a b "NASA Announces Additional Commercial Crew Development Milestones". Space Ref. SpaceRef Interactive Inc. August 15, 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  89. ^ a b c d "Commercial Crew Integrated Capabilities Selection Statement". Archived from the original on September 10, 2012.
  90. ^ "Commercial Spaceflight – 60 Day Report, Issue 16" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  91. ^ a b "Commercial Crew Program (CCP) – Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap)". NASA. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  92. ^ "NASA and Industry Complete First Phase to Certify New Crew Transportation Systems". NASA. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  93. ^ Koltz, Irene (June 17, 2014). "Boeing Preparing Layoff Notices in Case of Commercial Crew Loss". Space News. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  94. ^ a b c d e "NASA Awards Contracts In Next Step Toward Safely Launching American Astronauts From U.S. Soil". NASA. December 10, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  95. ^ a b "NASA Commercial Crew Transportation Capability Contract CCTCAP Draft RFP". SpaceREF. July 19, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  96. ^ a b c Pappalardo, Joe (January 31, 2014). "Is the Relationship Between NASA and Private Space About to Sour?". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  97. ^ a b c d e f g "Draft Request for Proposal, NNK14467515R, CCtCap" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  98. ^ Messier, Doug (December 6, 2013). "NASA Holds Commercial Crew Pre-proposal Conference". Parabolic Arc. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  99. ^ a b Anna Heiney. "NASA and Industry Complete First Phase to Certify New Crew Transportation Systems". NASA. Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  100. ^ a b c Foust, Jeff (September 19, 2014). "NASA Commercial Crew Awards Leave Unanswered Questions". Space News. Retrieved September 21, 2014. We basically awarded based on the proposals that we were given," Kathy Lueders, NASA commercial crew program manager, said in a teleconference with reporters after the announcement. "Both contracts have the same requirements. The companies proposed the value within which they were able to do the work, and the government accepted that.
  101. ^ a b "RELEASE 14-256 NASA Chooses American Companies to Transport U.S. Astronauts to International Space Station". NASA. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  102. ^ "Sierra Nevada Corporation Challenges Award of NASA's Commercial Crew Transportation Capability Contract". Archived from the original on September 28, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  103. ^ "Court Rejects Sierra Nevada Motion to Reinstate Commercial Crew Stop-Work Order".
  104. ^ Clark, Stephen (October 1, 2014). "Boeing, SpaceX told to stop work under crew contracts". Space News. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  105. ^ "NASA Exercises Authority to Proceed with Commercial Crew Contracts". NASA. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  106. ^ scovey. "GAO denies SNC Protest". NASA. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  107. ^ a b NASA Office of Inspector General, Office of Audits (September 1, 2016). NASA's Commercial Crew Program: Update on Development and Certification Efforts (PDF) (Report No. IG-16-028 ed.). NASA. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  108. ^ "RELEASE 14-207 NASA Commercial Crew Partners Complete 23 Milestones in 2014, Look Ahead to 2015". NASA. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  109. ^ Doug Messier (September 3, 2016). "Boeing Commercial Crew Milestone Status". Parabolic Arc. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  110. ^ Doug Messier. "SpaceX Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) Milestone Status". Parabolic Arc. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  111. ^
  112. ^ "Demo-1 Flight Readiness Concludes". Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  113. ^ a b "NASA, Partners Update Commercial Crew Launch Dates – Commercial Crew Program". Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  114. ^ a b "Boeing delays by months test flights for U.S. human space program: sources". Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  115. ^ "NASA Selects Commercial Firms to Begin Development of Crew Transportation Concepts and Technology Demonstrations for Human Spaceflight Using Recovery Act Funds". press release. NASA. February 1, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  116. ^ "NASA Awards Next Set Of Commercial Crew Development Agreements". press release. NASA. April 18, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  117. ^ "NASA Releases Commercial Crew Draft RFP, Announces CCDEV2 Optional Milestones". press release. NASA. September 19, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2012.

External linksEdit