NASA announced this afternoon it has officially award SpaceX with three additional crew flights to the International Space Station (ISS).
The flights were awarded under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract modification, the intentions of which were first announced in December 2021.
This brings the total missions for SpaceX to nine, for a total contract value of $3.49 billion.
The additional flights allows NASA to have uninterrupted US capability for human access to the ISS through March 31, 2028.
NASA awarded the CCtCap contracts to both SpaceX and Boeing in 2014. SpaceX was certified by the space agency in November 2020, and is currently in its third crew rotation mission.
Boeing’s space transportation system has not been certified as it does not currently meet NASA’s high requirements.