SpaceX likely to win NASA’s crew competition by months, for billions less | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


SpaceX likely to win NASA’s crew competition by months, for billions less

In terms of cost, NASA is getting a better deal from SpaceX. Perhaps the best way to determine costs is by "seat prices," the amount of money NASA pays to get one of its astronauts to the International Space Station. In recent years, since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, NASA has paid Russia as much as $81.8 million per seat.

NASA has rarely talked "seat price" for commercial crew. Really, it has only come up during Congressional hearings, when Gerstenmaier has quoted a figure of $58 million. "Assuming all 12 missions are purchased and flown at a rate of two per year, the average seat price is $58 million per seat for commercial crew," he testified in 2015.

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That is a bargain compared to the roughly $80 million Russia was charging for a ride to the ISS.

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