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OLSON APPLAUDS BOEING NASA CONTRACT

Rep.  Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) applauded The Boeing Company in Houston for recently receiving a $92.3 million NASA award for the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev2) program.  The CCDev2 program is an effort targeted to continuing research and development of U.S. commercial crew transportation services to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for access to the International Space Station (ISS).  Boeing was one of the four companies to win out of 22 that competed for such an award.

 "The development of a new generation of space systems and the commercial use of space is a critical part of evolving our space program beyond LEO," Olson said.  "This program will ensure a strong partnership between NASA and commercial industry to shorten the time America is dependent upon foreign nations for access to ISS.  Boeing is a strong partner and this announcement is welcome news for our Houston area dedicated space industry employees."

 The contract awards, totaling $269.3 million dollars were awarded to 4 of 22 competing organizations.  The Boeing Company in Houston received $92.3 million.  This contract award will result in 250 overall jobs added with 150 located in Houston. 

 The following teams are to be congratulated for their winning proposals – The Boeing Company, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Space X, and Blue Origin.  The development of a new generation of space systems and the commercial use of space is a critical part of evolving the program beyond LEO, learning how to successfully operate, understanding the impacts to the human body in preparation for long-duration spaceflight, and most important, maintaining a U.S. capability to access the International Space Station (ISS). 

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