01/26/2015 11:49 EST | Updated 03/28/2015 05:59 EDT

NASA, SpaceX, Boeing detail plan for spaceships that will carry astronauts in 2017

NASA astronauts are expected to fly aboard commercial spaceships to the International Space Station starting 2017. Today at noon, NASA, SpaceX and Boeing will discuss how they plan to make that happen.

At the news conference, representatives from all three organizations will discuss their test plans, development activities and objectives leading up to flight certification of Boeing's CST-100 and SpaceX Dragon V2 space taxis.

NASA announced in September that it had awarded the two companies contracts worth $6.8 billion to transport astronauts to the space station.  

Since the U.S. space agency retired its shuttle fleet in 2011, its astronauts have relied on flights on Russia's Soyuz capsules, which cost $71 million per ride.