CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA Commercial Crew Program Manager Ed Mango Thursday offered the following statement upon news United Launch Alliance has selected Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Orlando, Fla., to provide program management contractor support to ULA's efforts on NASA's Commercial Crew Program. According to ULA, the project, part of the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative, could eventually create up to 250-300 skilled aerospace and construction jobs at Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Mango's statement is as follows:
"One year after the Space Shuttle Program, American companies are making critical progress on modern spacecraft and rockets that will enable the next generation of human spaceflight," Mango said. "NASA's Commercial Crew Program is fostering new national capabilities for spacecraft, launch vehicles, flight operations and ground operations to achieve safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. These advances will enable a launch of astronauts from U.S. soil in the next five years. Companies like ULA and their subcontractors in the Space Coast and around the nation are creating the high-skill, good-paying jobs that will ensure continued American leadership in space and the growth of the greatest aerospace industry in the world."
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