NASA can pay Boeing greater than twice as a lot as SpaceX for crew seats

The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is seen after it landed in White Sands, New Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.

Enlarge / The Boeing CST-100 Starliner spacecraft is seen after it landed in White Sands, New Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (credit score: NASA/Invoice Ingalls)

NASA confirmed Wednesday that it has awarded 5 further crew transportation missions to SpaceX, and its Crew Dragon car, to ferry astronauts to the Worldwide Area Station. This brings to 14 the whole variety of crewed missions that SpaceX is contracted to fly for NASA by way of 2030.

As beforehand reported by Ars, these are probably the ultimate flights NASA must hold the area station totally occupied into the 12 months 2030. Whereas there are not any worldwide agreements but signed, NASA has signaled that it want to proceed flying the orbiting laboratory till 2030, by which era a number of US industrial area stations must be operational in low Earth orbit.

Underneath the brand new settlement, SpaceX would fly 14 crewed missions to the station on Crew Dragon, and Boeing would fly six through the lifetime of the station. That may be sufficient to fill all of NASA’s wants, which embrace two launches a 12 months, carrying 4 astronauts every. However NASA has an choice to purchase extra seats from both supplier.

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