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Report: NASA Authorizes SpaceX to Use Previously-Flown Booster on Next ISS Resupply Mission

Report: NASA Authorizes SpaceX to Use Previously-Flown Booster on Next ISS Resupply Mission - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Report: NASA Authorizes SpaceX to Use Previously-Flown Booster on Next ISS Resupply Mission - top government contractors - best government contracting eventNASA has approved SpaceX‘s plan to use a previously-flown Falcon 9 rocket booster on the company’s next cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station, SpaceNews reported Thursday.

Sam Scimemi, ISS director at NASA, said at a NASA Advisory Council committee meeting that the Dragon spacecraft for SpaceX’s 13th resupply mission will lift-off on Dec. 8 atop a Falcon 9 rocket with a reused first stage from the 11th mission.

Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for human exploration and operations, noted that NASA conducted a “detailed review” of SpaceX’s process for reusing boosters through the agency’s Launch Services Program and ISS program.

He added that the agency will evaluate previously-flown stages on a case-by-case basis in the future.

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