September 30, 2022

By Aahil

NASA solicits SpaceX for five more astronaut missions that will cost $1.4 billion

NASA announced on Wednesday that it had awarded five more astronaut missions SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk's SpaceX.

These additional missions, which resulted in the cost of the business reaching $1.4 billion, brings the total number of flights with crews so far.

NASA announced on Wednesday that it had awarded five additional astronaut missions to Elon Musk's SpaceX and SpaceX, with contracts totaling an additional $1.4 billion to SpaceX.

Additional flights are part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which is used to transport astronauts and cargo between and to Space Station International Space Station.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft is competing with Boeing and its Starliner capsule for contracts under Commercial Crew.

Because NASA contracts are fixed price, Boeing has taken on the cost of $688 million from delays and work that was not completed on the spacecraft.

After having completed one non-crewed Starliner trip to the ISS during May, Starliner is planning to transport astronauts first in the month of February.

20 flights are provided to cover crewed missions up to 2030, at which point ISS use is anticipated to cease.