In its effort to bring America back into crewed spaceflight, NASA has announced that Boeing has received a second commercial crew order to ferry astronauts to the ISS. This marks the third in a series of four crew orders NASA will make under the the Commercial Crew Programme, a £4.5 billion dollar space taxi contract.
The space agency gave its first order to Boeing in May, while commercial spaceflight company SpaceX received the second in November. The contracts, which give companies anywhere from two to six crewed missions, are supposed to reduce the cost of sending our astronauts to the ISS (they currently hitch an astronomically expensive ride with Russia). Moreover, the US is attempting to reaffirm its position as a leader in human spaceflight, a position that took a nosedive after the Space Shuttle retired.