NASA NOW Giving up on Boeing Starliner to move with SpaceX & Elon Musk#STARSHIPFANS
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NASA moved two astronauts off delayed Boeing missions to SpaceX in rare reassignment
After the final flight of the Space Shuttle in July of 2011, the U.S. could no longer send its astronauts into space. This was a big problem.
So, at that time, NASA’s only option was to buy seats on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft.
As of 2020, the cost of a single Soyuz seat has risen to $90 million, and NASA has spent nearly $4 billion flying 70 astronauts to the ISS. This is also a sore point for some US politicians because Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the subsequent cooling of US-Russia space relations has made finding a replacement for the shuttle even more pressing.
NASA wanted this dependence on the Russians to be temporary. In 2014, the agency spent $6.8 billion on a fleet of “space taxis” that will blast off from US soil. And the two companies that won the contract were Boeing and SpaceX.
Boeing received the lion’s share, slightly more than 60 percent of the $6.8 billion NASA awarded, getting $4.2 billion compared to the $2.6 billion SpaceX acquired for the same amount of work.
Perhaps that was understandable. SpaceX was considered a risky bet, a wild card whose brash impatience and embrace of failure clashed with the agency’s more conservative ethos. Top executives urged SpaceX employees to be “mouthy,” to disregard traditional chains of command, a trait embodied by Musk that made it seem like a rebellious teenager compared to Boeing’s father figure archetype in the aerospace industry.
SpaceX used the NASA contract to develop the Crew Dragon capsule, and Boeing used it to develop the Starliner capsule. Both capsules are designed to be reusable. SpaceX also recycles its rocket, the Falcon 9, which is used to launch the Crew Dragon capsule.
NASA NOW Giving up on Boeing Starliner to move with SpaceX & Elon Musk
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