SpaceX and NASA had a successful launch yesterday and today they are docking to the International Space Station.
NASA is paying SpaceX $3.1 billion for Crew Dragon development and to launch six operational missions. Boeing will be paid $4.8 billion for Starliner development and its six missions.
After the Space Shuttle was retired, NASA has paid Russia about $86 million per seat to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA expects to pay $55 million per astronaut to fly with Crew Dragon, as opposed to $86 million per astronaut to fly with the Russians.
This will be a six month mission to the Space Station.
SOURCES- NASA, SpaceX
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