written by elizabeth howell, on december 6th, 2021

what: nasa extends spacex iss contract to 3 more missions
when: announced december 6th, 2021
why: boeing progress is delayed
where: unknown
how: nasa did solicit other companies before awarding the contract, by asking in october for any other offers for astronaut taxi rides. but spacex remains the only firm currently capable of the service under its commercial crew transportation capabilities (cctcap) contract, first awarded in 2014. so far spacex has completed 6 missions to the iss.

interesting fact: the company received three more mission orders for crew dragon as boeing starliner works to get off the ground. nasa says spacex is only provider so far able to provide astronaut taxi rides.

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