SpaceX Space Station to carry astronauts
In 2014, NASA signed a $ 5.1 billion contract with Boeing and $ 3.1 billion with SpaceX to enable astronauts to return and return to ISS under the Commercial Crew Program. However, Boeing encountered software errors during Starliner’s test flight in December.
NASA’s Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011. Since then, Russia has been charging more than $ 80 million to transport and return a single US astronaut to the International Space Station. According to NASA’s tweet, which was deleted afterward; SpaceX, the winner of the space race with Boeing, will be the first private company to carry astronauts to ISS. Musk’s company states that it will do this job for $ 55 million.
If things go as planned over the next few weeks, the reusable Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft could send astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to space in late April or May 2020.
Recall that SpaceX, a previously unmanned rocket that landed vertically in Cape Canaveral base in Florida, also launched a new generation Tesla Roadster two years ago.