Private space companies can expect at least 44 paying passengers for trips to orbit in the next 10 years, NASA says, but the price per seat could be higher than the U.S. government already is paying for rides on Russia's Soyuz capsule. The agency's congressionally mandated assessment of the market for commercial cargo and crew transport to low Earth orbit (LEO)—the centerpiece of U.S. space policy for the post-shuttle era—carries no cost estimates, and is based largely on extrapolated ...


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