Excalibur Almaz Joins List of CCDev Finalists

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Artist's conception of the private Excalibur Almaz space station in orbit. (Credit: Excalibur Almaz)

Excalibur Almaz is one of eight companies invited by NASA to further discuss their proposals for the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program, Space News reports. NASA plans to award $200 million in funding next month.

Space News reports:

Excalibur Almaz Inc., an Isle of Man-based firm developing a crewed system incorporating flown Soviet-era space hardware designs, also has received a written invitation to meet with NASA officials to discuss its CCDev proposal, according to the company’s president, former astronaut Leroy Chiao. “We are honored to have this opportunity,” Chiao told Space News Feb. 24.

Traditionally, a callback is no guarantee of an award. NASA also can issue an award without calling a company to come in to discuss their proposal.

The other seven companies are ATK, Blue Origin, Boeing, Orbital Sciences Corp., Sierra Nevada Corp., SpaceX and United Launch Alliance.