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The Dragon Spacecraft, With Cargo! (Kieran Griffith)

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Published on Feb 25, 2010

Dragon is part of a proposal submitted by SpaceX on March 3, 2006 for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program for commercial delivery of cargo and crew to the International Space Station. SpaceX's team for the COTS proposal consists of a number of companies including MD Robotics, the Canadian company that built the ISS's Mobile Servicing System.

On August 18, 2006, NASA announced that SpaceX had been chosen, along with Kistler Aerospace, to develop cargo launch services for the International Space Station. The plan calls for demonstration flights of SpaceX's Dragon capsule between 2008 and 2010. SpaceX may receive up to $278 million if they meet all NASA milestones. Kistler failed to meet its obligations with NASA, and its contract was terminated in 2007.[11][12][13] NASA decided to re-award its contract after a competition.[14] On February 19, 2008 NASA announced that it had chosen Orbital Sciences as the new winner.[15]

NASA awarded a cargo delivery contract to SpaceX on December 23, 2008. The contract calls for a minimum of 20,000 kg (44,000 lb) of cargo over up to 12 flights to the ISS at a cost of $1.6 billion USD, with options that increase the maximum contract value to $3.1 billion.

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