NASA Picks SpaceX Dragon for 6 More Resupply Missions to Space Station
NASA will use SpaceX’s Dragon for an additional six resupply missions to the International Space Station through 2026, according to a press release on Friday.
Along with SpaceX, NASA has offered six others to Northrop Grumman, with the 12 contracts costing a total of $14 billion.
@SpaceX shared the news on Friday, saying that “Dragon will continue to deliver critical cargo and supplies to and from the orbiting lab through 2026.”
NASA has ordered six additional @space_station resupply missions from SpaceX! Dragon will continue to deliver critical cargo and supplies to and from the orbiting lab through 2026 → https://t.co/HRhhDapsD9 pic.twitter.com/604UTJBynW
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 25, 2022
The release also says that NASA has ordered a total of 32 resupply missions under its CRS-2 contracts, with 15 going to SpaceX, 14 going to Northrop Grumman, and three going to Sierra Nevada Corporation, which is now known as Sierra Space.
On Thursday, SpaceX announced an increase to its Falcon 9 booster launch price, now costing $67 million.
The company cited inflation of raw materials costs as the reason for the price increase.
While the spacecraft’s launches have been delayed by the Federal Aviation Administration, SpaceX Head Elon Musk says the first orbital Starship launch will “hopefully” take place in May.