NASA Gives SpaceX Company 1st Mission Order to International Space Station
01:29 21.11.2015(updated 01:55 21.11.2015)
The first mission order has been submitted to SpaceX to ferry US astronauts to ISS.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The first mission order has been submitted to the private space company SpaceX to ferry US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017, NASA announced in a press release.
NASA's contract with SpaceX is the second guaranteed order for an ISS crew mission. The agency granted the first mission to Boeing earlier this year.
'It's really exciting to see SpaceX and Boeing with hardware in flow for their first crew rotation missions,' NASA Commercial Crew Program director Kathy Lueders said.
SpaceX President and CEO Gwynne Shotwell responded to the mission order stating that the company's Crew Dragon Capsule is 'one of the safest, most reliable spacecraft ever flown.'
The United States has been entirely dependent on the Russian Soyuz shuttle to get into low Earth orbit, after retiring its shuttle fleet in 2011. Both Boeing and SpaceX must complete certification and other requirements before flying the missions, which are scheduled to take place sometime in 2017.
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