The deal emphasizes how successful Falcon 9 rocket and SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon space capsule have been. Dragon became the first private spacecraft to dock with the ISS in the year 2012, and provide missions contracted.
Interestingly, not one of SpaceX’s opponents, of which just Orbital ATK has additionally sent a spacecraft (Cygnus) to the ISS, were given any contracts. This possibly signifies the trust NASA has in the business of Elon Musk. It is unclear if there is a bid procedure for all these new contracts.
All the freight assignments will take vital supplies, including resources and food, as well as experiments and luxury items that are particular . Dragon can be the sole freight spacecraft that will now come back to Earth complete, an ability that is highly significant, as it enables experiments as well as other goods to be brought back to the earth.
Orbital ATK and SpaceX, under another batch of contracts, are additionally contracted along with Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser spacecraft to take freight from 2019 to 2024, which is going to keep the station stocked to the conclusion of its planned operational life.
These moves are helping NASA in its stated aim of utilizing private companies to work in low Earth orbit; Boeing and SpaceX will even begin carrying astronauts in 2017.
While China has its independent manned spaceflight system, Russia and Japan also often send spacecraft to the ISS.