Elon Musk's SpaceX won NASA's deal to carry astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). In 2014, SpaceX and Boeing Co. won contracts from NASA to build rockets to carry manned missions aboard the ISS as early as 2017. On Friday, NASA officially announced that SpaceX will carry manned missions to the ISS. The announcement also allows the Hawthorne Company to continue its work on a rocket that would be certified to fly humans aboard the ISS.
Currently, NASA depends on Russia for sending manned missions to the ISS. Six months ago, NASA gave permission to Boeing to carry astronauts aboard the ISS, but the space agency was not sure which company to fly astronauts first. But, this week NASA received second positive report from Space X. On Monday, the United launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin Corp., reported that it would not bid to launch a GPS satellite for the Pentagon. In 2014, the United Launch Alliance faced set back by congressional vote to ban the use of Russian rocket engines in Pentagon work as it depends on Russian-made engines for its Atlas V rocket.
As per the statement by SpaceX, the company plans to start its missions by next month about six months after explosion of the unmanned rocket carrying cargo to the space station on June 28.