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NASA Taps SpaceX, Rocketplane Kistler for Space Cargo Demonstration

Artist's concept of SpaceX's Falcon 9 laubch vehicle & Dragon crew & Cargo capsules.
An artist's concept of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Launch Vehicle and Dragon crew and cargo capsules. (Image credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON-- NASA has selected SpaceExploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) of El Segundo, Calif., andRocketplane Kistler of Oklahoma City, Okla., to share $500 million the agency intends to spend through 2010 to simulate development of new cargodelivery services to the International Space Station.

NASA madethe awards under the CommercialOrbital TransportationServices (COTS) demonstration program.

SpaceX and RocketplaneKistler beat out four other finalists for the awards: Andrews Space ofSeattle, Spacehab of Houston, SpaceDev of Poway Calif., and TransformationalSpace Corp. of Reston, Va.

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