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Will NASA Choose SpaceX as Taxi to Space Station?

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Is space tourism just around the corner? According to Bloomberg, it is. Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Boeing Co. are busy at work trying to make it a reality. They have been competing to obtain a $3 billion contract, formally known as the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract, to provide the first commercial spaceflights manned by humans. The contract to provide taxi services to the International Space Station by 2017 would bring the end of U.S. reliance on Russian rockets, which has been in effect since the space shuttle retired in 2011.

Winning the contract would a major step for Musk who has dreamed of creating a city on Mars. For Boeing, the contract would ensure its long-term relationship with the U.S. space program. Sierra Nevada Corp., a third competitor, is seeking to broaden its services beyond supplying rockets for sub-orbital tourist trips.

Recent reports from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration have revealed that the contract to transport astronauts to the International Space Station will pay a maximum of $4.2 billion to Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX. Both companies have proposed reusable rockets capable of seating up to seven individuals. Sierra Nevada Corp, will not receive anything.

SpaceX sets elevated goals such as progressing from designing rockets to becoming the first private cargo-hauler to the space station. SpaceX has long-term goals to colonize Mars, and this contract is a stepping stone for accomplishing that goal. The Dragon V2 spacecraft does not rely on parachutes and ocean landings. Rather, it is created to return to Earth and land vertically on a launch pad.

Boeing’s spacecraft looks similar on the outside to the 1960’s Apollo lunar capsules. However, its interior uses lighting the company designed for its airplanes and seating developed for the cockpit of the 787 Dreamliner. It would still use the parachute landing.

A joint contract award would foster competition, while also providing NASA with an alternative if one spacecraft encounters technical difficulties.


SpaceX Faces Allegations of Violating Labor Laws

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SpaceX is facing a lawsuit by two former employees alleging it violated labor laws when the company terminated them and others. The rocket manufacturer is accused of “mass layoffs” that included 200 to 400 employees without providing the 60-day notice as required by state law. The plaintiffs are seeking damages that include back-pay plus interest, in addition to seeking to have the lawsuit certified as a class action.

A California employer with at least 75 employees that intends to lay-off 50 or more workers must provide 60 days’ notice. Failure to provide the notice results in the company’s liability to pay up to 60 days’ compensation and benefits. The law also provides for civil penalties up to $500 a day if the company also fails to notify the government officials of the layoff.

In the SpaceX lawsuit the primary issue will be whether the terminations meet the criteria of a lay-off. California law defines it as “a separation from a position for lack of funds or lack of work.”

SpaceX is claiming the employees were fired because they were “low performers.” The company has stated the terminations were not related to a lack of work funds, but were the result of an annual review of the individuals’ performance. Plaintiffs allege that the lay-off was a tactic used by the company to avoid paying 60 days’ worth of pay and benefits to the terminated employees.

SpaceX is reportedly expecting to hire more employees than it terminates this year. In fact, some reports show that the company’s website has nearly 400 job openings posted on it.

The plaintiffs allege that they were never given warnings or consultations regarding their performance prior to their termination. Their lawsuit also contains allegations that SpaceX’s failure to provide the required notice and 60 days’ of compensation constitutes unfair competition.

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Will SpaceX go to Work for the U.S. Air Force?

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Musk has been making some big announcements lately –from the release of Tesla’s electric car model predicted to occur by 2017 to SpaceX going to work for the United States Air Force. SpaceX has confirmed that the U.S. Air Force has certified that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has completed three successful flights that met the Air Force’s qualifications and standards. As a result, SpaceX can now finish the certification process and seek to receive government contracts awarded under the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Program.

SpaceX’s announcement could be good news for taxpayers. Currently, the government (via taxpayers) is paying United Launch Alliance $1 billion each year just to stand ready to launch satellites into space. If a satellite is actually launched into space, ULA is paid an additional $380 million per launch! SpaceX has claimed it can perform the same work for the bargain price of $100 million per launch. If SpaceX becomes a competitive bidder for the EELV contracts, it could potentially save U.S. taxpayers as much as $50 billion over the next 15 years.

But the news about SpaceX doesn’t end there because the company will soon be launching one of its Dragon spacecrafts to the International Space Station. The crew members on board will consist of 40 mice that are being referred to as “mousetronauts.” The mice will live in the International Space Station for approximately six months.

NASA will study the mice to understand how microgravity could affect the human body in an effort further NASA’s planned manned exploration of Mars and other parts of space. Although astronauts spend up to six months in microgravity on the Space Station, the other planned missions may last two years or more. Since mice only typically live for about two years, spending six months on the Space Station is one-quarter of a mouse’s life span. Thus, understandings how weightlessness impacts the mice, the researchers can extrapolate those effects and apply to years of a human’s lifespan.

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