On August 21st 2016, Rich Smith wrote an article for The Motley fool talking about how SpaceX was able to secure a second manned spaceflight mission. NASA has asked Boeing and SpaceX to run a mission called the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability. The Commercial Crew Transpiration Capability mission is to transport US astronauts from Earth to the International Space Station and back.
Here was the criteria that NASA used in judging this:
“Conduct ‘at least one crewed flight test per company with at least one NASA astronaut aboard to verify the fully integrated rocket and spacecraft system can launch, maneuver in orbit, and dock to the space station.’
Prove that all systems aboard its respective spacecraft ‘perform as expected.’
‘Once each company's test program has been completed successfully and its system achieves NASA certification, each contractor will conduct at least two, and as many as six, crewed missions to the space station.’”
Although Boeing and SpaceX were given the same exact mission, the two companies got very different type of compensation for their efforts. NASA promised to pay Boeing around $4 billion whereas SpaceX only was given a compensation of $2 billion.
SpaceX was founded in June 2002 by Elon Musk. The company’s headquarters is located in Hawthorne, California. The company employs over 5000 people. SpaceX is American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services. SpaceX is famous for their products: Falcon 9 and the Dragon. Elon Musk was the former PayPal CEO and currently the CEO of Tesla Motors.
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