As expected, the Skylon didn’t get any of NASA’s funding giveaway. The results are out though, with funding going to Blue Origin, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and Boeing.
A total of over $250 million is being awarded to the winners who will now be able to refine their ideas and designs to take NASA astronauts back into space.
Some of them aren’t exactly waiting around though. SpaceX have already announced that they will be ready to fly their first manned missions within three years!
Good luck to all of them.
It’s a shame that it comes in the shadows of reports of more bad press for NASA, detailing a culture of habitual lying over project budgets and bullying people who speak out.