It’s hard to imagine a more iconic spacecraft than the SpaceShipTwo that made headlines in January.
A sleek, white and silver model, the craft took to the air at the end of March and has been circling the Earth ever since.
It was launched as part of the US Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Commercial Crew Program and was scheduled to launch in June.
The company says the new design has been designed by its designer and is designed to reduce the drag on the Space Station.
But that wasn’t enough to convince NASA to award the contract.
Instead, the agency wanted a new craft that could carry more payload.
In May, the Air Force awarded the contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne, the US aerospace company behind the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that the space agency hopes will be able to launch astronauts into low Earth orbit by the end and ultimately take humans to Mars.
The Air Force also awarded Aerojet Space Systems a $3.8 billion contract for a “smaller” version of the SLS to be used to carry a smaller crew capsule, the Crew Exploration Vehicle.
Aerojet said in a statement that the company’s design has “the ability to perform multiple missions with a reduced payload, allowing a small crew to be launched for short periods and to return to Earth for re-entry.”
But it’s the bigger version that has the most potential to be a commercial success.
It has a wingspan of about 1.4 metres and can carry a crew of up to 10 people, according to Aerojets website.
The smaller version can also carry cargo, but it is expected to be much heavier.
That could be an issue if SpaceX wants to build a crew capsule capable of carrying a larger number of people.
The US Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) contract has already gone through a lot of delays.
In June, the first flight of a test version of Aerojet’s new SpaceShip2 capsule, dubbed “Boeing’s First Flight,” was postponed until 2019.
That delay meant that the contract was only awarded to Aerojoys new design, Aerojet.com reported.
It’s still unclear if the Air Air Force will award a new contract for the SES-11 crew vehicle, although the US Air Force did award a $1.7 billion contract to Boeing last year for the first two versions of the crew vehicle.
Aerojet was not available for comment.
Aerojoies new design will also be used for a new, modified version of its SpaceShipOne, which has a smaller wing and a shorter tail.
“Aerojet has been working for years to develop the largest and most powerful spacecraft design in its portfolio, and this new design enables the company to offer a significant increase in payload capability, performance and reliability,” the company said in its statement.
But it was also not clear whether Aerojet was still planning to use the larger SpaceShip One design or its smaller, lighter version.
“The company is in the process of refining the design for the new version and will be sharing that design and its development progress with the US Government,” Aerojet spokesperson Michael Cacchan said in an email.
“As the company moves forward with its commercial Crew program, AeroJet will continue to work with the Government to understand the key milestones that need to be reached to build the crew capsule.”
The Air National Guard Air Force has awarded Aerojys first flight contract to the US government, Air Force Space Command said in May.
The service said the company was developing a “new crew transportation platform to deliver large payloads and be able withstand extreme environments, including space debris, as well as atmospheric conditions and temperatures.”
The first flight will take place in 2020, according the Air Forces statement.
“BOOST-12” will be built by Aerojet, Lockheed Martin and Boeing, according Aerojet website.
“For more information on Aerojet Aerojet has a track record of successfully delivering the largest, most powerful space vehicles ever built.
In addition to the Space Shuttle, Aerojams largest payload is the SpaceSuit, a three-stage vehicle capable of lifting 1,500 kg (2,100 pounds) and carrying three people.
For the Space Suit, the SpaceJet is designed as an all-weather, high-performance, crew-carrying vehicle that can be launched from the International Space Station (ISS) or its own launch pad.”