NASA Picks Three Companies to Resupply the ISS All Through 2024
FEBRUARY 2016 NASA has finally come to a conclusion in terms of the three space-based corporations that will be resupplying the International Space Station (ISS) all the way through the year 2024.
As you may have guessed, one of the companies chosen for this task was none other than Elon Musk's SpaceX, with the other two companies being Orbital (ATK) and Sierra Nevada.
Originally, it was SpaceX and Orbital that were awarded the first round of NASA's commercial resupply back in 2008, but this time, it's Sierra Nevada who has secured the first rounds of resupplying rights. At the same time, SpaceX will be receiving additional funding to launch the Dragon cargo capsule via the Falcon 9 rocket, while Orbital will receive funds to launch the Cygnus cargo craft via its own Antares rocket.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket was chosen mainly because it is currently the only rocket system in existence that has been designed to be reused over and over again after each launch, and its Dragon cargo capsule was made to only splash down into the ocean.
Lockheed Martin and Boeing were initially considered as contenders by NASA for their mission, but both corporations were dismissed early, on the grounds that their aircrafts did not meet the stringent requirements that are required by the American space agency.
Image source: The Verge.