NASA is expanding its partnership with SpaceX. The company will conduct five additional missions to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS).
The contact has a value of about 1.4 billion dollars. The total number of missions that SpaceX is carrying out for NASA rises to 14. With the deal, NASA states that the deal will “maintain undisturbed American possibilities for human access to the space station until 2030, with two unique commercial crew-related industry partners.”
The expansion of the partnership with SpaceX comes at a time of significant tensions between the United States (US) and Russia due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russia previously announced that it would withdraw from the ISS after 2024. This is problematic, since the Russian part of the ISS is responsible for, among other things, the propulsion of the space station. This is necessary to keep the ISS in orbit around the Earth.
Recently, SpaceX announced a partnership with the American branch of T-Mobile. The provider wants to expand the mobile coverage in the US with the help of the Starlink satellites of the American company.