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SpaceX to Use Previously Flown Crew Dragon, Boosters Under NASA Contract Modification

SpaceX to Use Previously Flown Crew Dragon, Boosters Under NASA Contract Modification - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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SpaceX to Use Previously Flown Crew Dragon, Boosters Under NASA Contract Modification - top government contractors - best government contracting event

SpaceX will reuse the Falcon 9 rocket“™s first stages and Crew Dragon spacecraft for missions to the International Space Station as early as 2021 under a modification to the company“™s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract with NASA, SpaceNews reported Tuesday.

The CCtCap contract modification allows SpaceX to use previously flown Crew Dragon and boosters starting with Crew-2 or Post-Certification Mission 2, which could launch by 2021.

“In this case, SpaceX has proposed to reuse future Falcon 9 and/or Crew Dragon systems or components for NASA missions to the International Space Station because they believe it will be beneficial from a safety and/or cost standpoint,“ Stephanie Schierholz, a spokesperson for the space agency, told the publication. “NASA performed an in-depth review and determined that the terms of the overall contract modification were in the best interests of the government.“

The modification also extended the length of the manned Demo-2 test flight mission from two weeks to up to 119 days. SpaceX“™s Crew Dragon took off in late May to transport two NASA astronauts to the ISS as part of Demo-2.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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