Buying rides to space isn't anything new now — in fact, flying in something so old-fashioned as a 'capsule' on a 'rocket' is probably a little passé. But that hasn't stopped Boeing from sticking a tourist seat into its new NASA-funded spacecraft.
NASA just announced a critical component of Launch America, the country's highly anticipated next chapter in human spaceflight. The organization confirmed in a press conference today that Boeing and SpaceX will split the $6.8 billion "space taxi" contract, with $4.2 billion going to Boeing and $2.6 billion to SpaceX.
Last night, SpaceX kicked off its brand new cargo-hauling contract with NASA by launching a supply-laden Dragon capsule on a trip to the International Space Station; and while all signs indicate that Dragon is doing fine, video footage reveals that the Falcon 9 rocket used to lift the capsule had some... technical…