NASA to buy five more crewed flights from SpaceX

NASA to buy five more crewed flights from SpaceX

NASA aims to buy from SpaceX five additional crewed flights to the International Space Station.

SpaceX is currently NASA's only certified commercial crew transportation provider.

In a statement, NASA said that it may need the additional flights "as early as 2026 to ensure dissimilar redundancy, maintain safe space station operations".

NASA announced a "sole source modification" as part of its existing Commercial Crew Transportation Capabilities (CCtCap) contract with SpaceX.

While the agency has not disclosed the expected value of the modified contract, it adds on to a $3.5 billion contract awarded to SpaceX in February for three additional astronaut missions with its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule

NASA had at the time said that it may order more flights from SpaceX.