Since the retirement of the Shuttle, NASA has been out of the manned flight business. Our astronauts ride Russian rockets to and from the International Space Station. Currently, there are three private companies—Sierra Nevada Corporation, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), and Boeing—competing for a chance to carry crew back and forth to the space station.
Today NASA says it has “a major announcement” about the Commercial Crew Transportation program. Will it announce which company or companies will get the contract? Who knows. Whatever it is I hope they tell us when the United States is getting back into space on our own rockets.