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NASA Awards Five Additional Missions To SpaceX – AVweb

NASA has signed on with SpaceX for five additional missions to transport crew to the International Space Station (ISS). The missions are a modification to NASA’s Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with the company, which originally covered nine missions. The fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification is valued at $1.4 billion.
“The amount includes ground, launch, in-orbit, and return and recovery operations, cargo transportation for each mission, and a lifeboat capability while docked to the International Space Station,” NASA said. “The period of performance runs through 2030 and brings the total CCtCap contract value with SpaceX to $4,927,306,350.”
SpaceX launched its first crewed mission for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, noted for being the first operational crewed launch by a private company, in November 2020. The company’s fourth crew rotation mission launched on April 27 and is expected to return to Earth later this month. NASA also has a CCtCap contract with Boeing for six crewed missions to the ISS, the first of which is currently targeted for February 2023.
Bad news for Boeing. Obviously NASA has very little faith in the starliner program.
Artemis is a Boeing project
Boeing is Boeing’s own worst enemy, again. They over promised, over charged and under delivered from the jump. Space X has exceeded operational expectations at a fraction of the $$’s. It looks like NASA is following a logical path. Nice…
I hate Musk and Tesla but I have to admit Space X is a successful company that delivers better than Boeing at this point. Hopefully Boeing will regain their supremacy but now I think they are not in first place.
With that said Space X blows up often, but thank God has not killed anyone.
NASA awarded more manned missions to SpaceX because they EARNED them! Boeing can’t deliver any more than they are already contracted for without going back to the drawing board for another launch vehicle (booster).
As for SpaceX blowing up lots of rockets; they are test vehicles. Everyone seemed so concerned when they were doing testing at the Boca Chica site developing the flip and land procedure. When they finally got it right they scrapped the vehicle that survived the landing!
I don’t know if anybody can answer this for me, but why can’t SpaceX just launch their own rockets? Do they have to go through NASA because they’re the government and have rules and regulations on spaceflight?
This article is about Nasa launching via SpaceX’s rockets, not the other way around.
SpaceX has the capability to launch rockets to orbit from their Boca Chica facility in South Texas, and I believe they plan to send the starship up from there and land it there. However, when doing work for NASA, such as flights to the ISS, they use the launch facilities at Kennedy and NASA’s in-flight control system in Houston. Even in Boca Chica, SpaceX is controlled by the FAA as to when they can launch and must do an accident investigation each time they have a crash of a vehicle there. As for crashing rockets, their philosophy is to test full-up vehicles as a unit rather than testing individual components first. Some people regard that philosophy as reckless, but it allowed SpaceX to accelerate their booster development much faster than Boeing or NASA. All of their test vehicles are unmanned and they launched several delivery flights to the ISS carrying only supplies to demonstrate their capabilities before NASA allowed them to carry people. Their only accident in a commercial launch was a failure in one of the early ISS supply runs that caused the vehicle to come apart in the air. They completed several subsequent supply flights before NASA cleared them for a human launch.

Pilots buy and sell aircraft and equipment with a passion, so it only made sense back in January of this year to undertake the daunting task of adding a classified advertising section to AVweb’s editorial package.
The result is available here, and AVweb readers with something to sell can take advantage of free listings for the next two months, starting today. The time window for obtaining a free listing is reduced for every day between now and Nov. 8. After that, you can list your aircraft for as low as $29 a month. Go to List Now on the classified homepage to learn the full array of pricing options for each sales category, which includes aviation jobs, real-estate, products and services, and engines.
“When we began this project, we wanted to give classifieds.avweb.com all the bells and whistles pilots told us they need,” says Belvoir Media Group chief content officer Tim Cole. “Aviation is broad and deep,” Cole observes, “and serving all areas of the industry, like job postings, became an early priority.”
The site currently serves individual owners of piston aircraft, plus mega-sellers Van Bortel aircraft brokerage in Arlington, Texas; Bennett Avionics in South Windsor, Connecticut; Jet Aviva of New Century, Kansas; and Aviation Search Group, a recruiting company, also based in New Century, Kansas.
“We deliver two million AVweb Flash daily e-letters each month, a factor that large sellers obviously find attractive,” Cole said. “Our goal is to make classifieds highly visible, easy to use, and content-driven.”
This new AVweb feature is the result of a partnership between AVweb.com and Phoenix-based entrepreneurs Jeff Miller and Todd Hogan. Miller is on the flight operations team for Southwest Airlines and Hogan is a digital developer. Started in 1995, AVweb is an early adopter of digitally delivered aviation media, covering the GA, business, and military sectors, along with space flight. It’s the hub for the Belvoir aviation group, which includes Aviation Consumer, Aviation Safety, IFR, and Kitplanes.
According to Hogan: “The listings will not only be found on classifieds.avweb.com, but will also be tightly integrated with AVweb’s broad network of aviation content. These are just a few of the ways AVweb Classifieds will be more than just the average classifieds service.”
The five-times weekly Flash email newsletter, the site’s self-selecting email updates, plus listings accompanied by AVweb’s Used Aircraft Buyers’ Guides will have links back to classifieds.avweb.com, enhancing value for both listers and browsers. Hogan emphasizes a versatile homepage search widget that will allow users to scour listings starting from both the AVweb home page and AVweb Flash.
“We want pilots to come early, come often, and stick around to find an airplane, a piece of fly-in real estate, avionics or a great job,” according to Cole. Near-future enhancements include weekly special announcements in AVweb Flash: a plane-of-the-week selection in the top leaderboard position on Mondays, a Jobs Spotlight on Wednesdays, and a This-Just-In announcement on Fridays identifying new listings.
To list or browse, visit classifieds.avweb.com today and take advantage of our two-month free listing offer. Full rates apply beginning Nov. 9.
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