NASA Selects SpaceXâ€™s Falcon 9 Booster and Dragon Spacecraft for Cargo Resupply Services to the International Space Station
12:00 AM, January 5, 2009
HAWTHORNE, Calif. --- NASA today announced its selection of the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft for the International Space Station (ISS) Cargo Resupply Services (CRS) contract award. The contract is for a guaranteed minimum of 20,000 kg to be carried to the International Space Station (ISS).>> The firm contracted value is $1.6 billion and NASA may elect to order additional missions for a cumulative total contract value of up to $3.1 billion.>> The SpaceX team is honored to have been selected by NASA as the winner of the Cargo Resupply Services contract, said Elon Musk, CEO and CTO, SpaceX. This is a tremendous responsibility, given the swiftly approaching retirement of the Space Shuttle and the significant future needs of the Space Station. This also demonstrates the success of the NASA COTS program, which has opened a new era for NASA in US Commercial spaceflight.>> Under the CRS contract, SpaceX will deliver pressurized and unpressurized cargo to the ISS, and return cargo back to Earth. Cargo may include both NASA and NASA-sponsored payloads requiring a pressurized or unpressurized environment. SpaceX will provide the necessary services, test hardware and software, and mission-specific elements to integrate cargo with the Dragon delivery capsule.>> In 2006, SpaceX was named a winner under NASAs Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) competition. Under the existing COTS agreement, SpaceX will conduct the first flight of its Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Dragon spacecraft in 2009. The final flight, currently scheduled for 2010, will demonstrate Dragons ability to berth with the ISS.
SpaceX unveiled its new Falcon Heavy rocket on Wednesday, which will likely launch Tesla Roadster, the battery powered electric car, into space.
SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk chalked out the jaw-dropping plan in a series of...
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that was scheduled to launch Facebooks first communication satellite, Amos-6 exploded during a test on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral.
Amos-6 was set to be launched on Saturday, Sep