NBC News space correspondent Alan Boyle is reporting that the NASA commercial crew winners are SpaceX, Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corporation. Boyle reported the results on Twitter at 7:01 EDT and promised a story would be coming soon. NASA is set to announce the winners at 9 a.m. EDT on Friday.
[UPDATE: Here’s Alan’s story]
The Wall Street Journal‘s intermittently reliable Andy Pasztor quotes “industry officials” as saying that Boeing and SpaceX “are expected” to receive full awards and that Sierra Nevada “seemed likely” to receive half an award for its Dream Chaser shuttle. Boyle acknowledged the story and Tweeted:
By the way, WSJ is reporting SpaceX and Boeing, and likely SNC. But our sources are “knowledgeable” as of today.
SpaceX has developed the Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule to carry seven astronauts to the International Space Station. Boeing is building the CST-100 spacecraft, which will launch on a modified Atlas V rocket built by United Launch Alliance. Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser will also launch on an Atlas V.
Many of the modifications required to human-rate the Atlas V would benefit both Boeing and Sierra Nevada. This approach would allow NASA to fund development of both space vehicles and the launch system.
Other competitors include ATK, Blue Origin and Excalibur Almaz.
We will post further updates as we get them.