NASA to Transport People In Private Spacecraft by 2018

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden said today that private spaceflight companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Jeff BezosBlue Origin, and even Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic would carry astronauts to the International Space Station via a commercial vehicle by at least 2018.

“It’s a huge deal,” Bolden said during a discussion called “There’s No Place Like Space,” which was live-streamed on YouTube. “We are a year and a half away from launching astronauts from U.S. soil.”

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