Commercial Space

Part of the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA’s Commercial Space Transportation program and the Commercial Crew Program is a partnership between NASA and industry to develop and fly human space transportation systems. In addition, NASA works with industry to send cargo, experiments, and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). [1] This partnership with the aerospace industry to provide transportation services to and from low-Earth orbit allows NASA to focus on building spacecraft and rockets for deep space missions. [2] On May 30, 2020, NASA astronauts launched from American soil in a commercially-built and operated American crew spacecraft for the first time in history. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carried NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, taking the crew to the ISS. [3]


Updated by Kristin Stiner, September 2020