NASA has introduced the acquisition of 5 extra crewed flights from SpaceX as a part of their efforts to take care of uninterrupted operations on the Worldwide House Station by 2030.
In a blog post, NASA described the replace as “a sole supply modification” to its Business Crew Transportation Capabilities (CCtCap) contract with SpaceX. SpaceX’s Crew-4 is at the moment docked on the ISS, and NASA additionally bought three flights from SpaceX in February for Crew-7, Crew-8, and Crew-9. The addition of 5 extra missions brings the full variety of deliberate future flights from the corporate to eight (and, ostensibly, by Crew-14).
As of now, SpaceX is NASA’s solely licensed business crew transportation supplier, “able to offering secure, dependable, and cost-effective human area transportation providers” that “guarantee a steady human presence aboard the microgravity laboratory.” Below the CCtCap contract, NASA has additionally been working with Boeing on the event of un-crewed flights and hinted that, after the success of Boeing’s latest Orbital Flight Check-2, they “hope to have the ability to certify [Boeing’s crewed] Starliner system within the close to future.”
“Our objective has at all times been to have a number of suppliers for crewed transportation to the area station,” says Phil McAllister, director of economic area at NASA. However the company notes that the SpaceX crew transportation system, which is able to fly its sixth rotational mission for NASA in 2023, is “the one one at the moment licensed to take care of crewed flight to the area station whereas serving to to make sure redundant and backup capabilities by 2030.”
This buy of 5 extra missions is an extension of a partnership between NASA and SpaceX that started in 2006 when NASA tapped the corporate to provide crew and cargo resupply demonstration contracts to the ISS. NASA notes that this newest contract modification “doesn’t preclude NASA from looking for extra contract modifications sooner or later for extra transportation providers as wanted,” which implies we could also be studying concerning the buy of extra missions from SpaceX within the very close to future.
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