Space taxis built by Boeing could begin flight tests by 2013, company officials said Thursday, with the first commercial flights slated for 2015. The CST-100 spacecraft is designed to dock at a commercial space station being developed by Bigelow Aerospace. The companies have received $18 million in seed funding for the project, though additional funding could be scaled back by congressional critics of commercial spaceflight. Boeing says four states are competing for manufacturing facilities, and a decision is expected within three months.

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