According to the Wall Street Journal, Boeing, the Chicago-based aerospace giant, will likely be the winner of the competition to build spacecraft that would take astronauts to and from orbit.
In the past, Boeing has said in that it plans on ferrying people into space aboard its CST-100 crew transportation vehicle.
The space taxi contract is worth more than $3 billion, reported the Seattle Times earlier this week, which added that the first flights under the program may take place as early as 2017.
Boeing's victory would come as a surprise to many, since SpaceX who is also competing, was seen as the preferred candidate, according to the Wall Street Journal, "because of its lower costs and nimbler approach."
The Journal also said that NASA would likely award a smaller contract "as a second source" to the other competing corporations.
Terdiman, Daniel. "Boeing said to win NASA space taxi contract." CNET. N.p., 15 Sept. 2014. Web. 16 Sept. 2014.