Space Next Stop for Boeing

U.S. astronauts could ride aboard the seven-passenger shuttles

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011  |  Updated 7:30 AM CDT
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American astronauts could one day hitch a ride to space on a Boeing shuttle.
 
The Chicago-based company is planning to build and operate reusable seven-passenger spaceships, WBEZ reports.

 
America has relied on Russia to travel to and from the International Space station since NASA shut down its shuttle program last summer.
 
The new space project is expected to make up about 13 percent of the company’s sales this year, said Neal Dihora, a Morningstar analyst.
 
Boeing plans to build the shuttles at the Kennedy Space Center and bring more than 500 jobs to Florida by 2015.
 

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