NASA has announced that it will be buying five more flights of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft.
This brings the total number of Crew Dragon flights NASA has purchased from SpaceX to 15.
The Crew Dragon is a spacecraft designed to carry humans to and from low Earth orbit.
It is currently being used to transport NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
NASA says that the decision to purchase more Crew Dragon flights was made in order to ensure that there is a reliable and safe means of transporting astronauts to and from the space station in the event that one of the two currently operating transport systems (the Soyuz spacecraft or the SpaceX Crew Dragon) is unavailable.
NASA says that it expects to use the Crew Dragon for all future astronaut transport needs.
What is space X?
Space X is a private aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars.
The company designs manufacture and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. It has developed the Falcon 1, Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and Dragon spacecraft.
The company was founded in 2002 and has since launched over 50 missions to space. Space X’s ultimate goal is to make it possible for humans to extend life beyond Earth.