June 09--Boeing Co. today unveiled a model of its next-generation space capsule that the company hopes will become NASA's "taxi" to the International Space Station.
Boeing showcased its capsule design at the company's Kennedy Space Center operation, which would become home base for the program if Boeing wins the lucrative NASA contract. The capsule is known as the CST-100, for "Crew Space Transportation."
A Boeing win would mean 500 to 600 new jobs for the Space Coast as the company moves work from elsewhere across the country.
Boeing is competing for the work with SpaceX and the team of Sierra Nevada and Lockheed Martin. A decision on the bids is expected in September.
The capsule would be launched atop an Atlas V rocket, take as many as seven astronauts to the station and return to Earth with an ocean splashdown.
Since the retirement of the space shuttle, NASA has been relying on the Russian space program to get American astronauts to and from the station.
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