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NASA Has Extended Boeing's Contract To Support The ISS Until September 2024

NASA Has Extended Boeing's Contract To Support The ISS Until September 2024

The American aerospace Corporation Boeing will continue to provide technical support for the operation of the International space station (ISS) until 2024. As Boeing reported on its website, the National Aeronautics and space administration (NASA) granted it a corresponding contract of $916 million.

"Boeing, which has been NASA's leading partner on the ISS since 1993, will continue to support the orbiting laboratory until September 2024 under a $916 million contract. The contract was extended today," the Corporation informed.

After the use of shuttles was discontinued, American cargo was delivered to the ISS using SpaceX's Dragon and Northrop Grumman's Cygnus. Besides, to send astronauts to the station, SpaceX has created a manned Crew Dragon ship, and Boeing is currently developing A Starliner ship.

In August 2019, the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin announced the decision to create a Commission that will have to study the state of the ISS, so that if the station is extended after 2024, it will have an idea about the resource of all its blocks. The following month, materials on the state procurement website revealed the state Corporation's intention to conclude a contract to determine the remaining life of the structure and hulls of the Russian segment of the International space station. The work was planned to be carried out in 2019-2021.