Competition for the job of sending crews to the International Space Station for hire will pick up in 2011 with the addition of a new vehicle proposal from Orbital Sciences Corp. in NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) effort. If selected in the $200-million second round of CCDev, the Dulles, Va.-based company will begin work in earnest on a four-seat composite “blended lifting body” launched at least initially on an Atlas V and returning to a runway landing. The business case ...

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