NASA awarded five more missions to Elon Musk's SpaceX, the US space agency said Wednesday. The company's 14 missions will see it bring astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Crew program.
It builds on a contract NASA, which also allowed Boeing to transport astronauts to the space station. SpaceX was certified for crew transportation after its Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule carried astronauts to the ISS .
SpaceX's most recent NASA mission was Crew-4, whichand is still in orbit. The modified contract awards the Crew-10, Crew-11, Crew-12, Crew-13, and Crew-14 flights to Musk's aerospace company as well, running until 2030, when NASA .
The Commercial Crew program is the spacefaring equivalent of chartering a flight, in that NASA astronauts take a ride (and transport cargo) in a private company's vehicle. Boeing has been awarded six missions to fly astronauts to the ISS under the program, but its Starliner flights only.