SpaceX is building a NASA craft to intentionally destroy the International Space Station after retiring – EVOL

NASA will have a spacecraft from Elon Musk’s SpaceX guide the International Space Station’s destruction after its retirement in 2030. The agency awarded an $843 million contract to SpaceX to build the so-called “U.S. Deorbit Vehicle.” The SpaceX-built vehicle will effectively destroy the ISS by pushing the station into reentry from orbit. A satellite image shows an overview of the International Space Station with the Boeing Starliner spacecraft, June 7, 2024. Maxar Technologies | Via Reuters

NASA will have a spacecraft from Elon Musk’s SpaceX guide the International Space Station’s destruction later this decade, the agency announced Wednesday.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration awarded an $843 million contract to SpaceX to build the so-called “U.S. Deorbit Vehicle.” The spacecraft will be designed to guide the football-field-sized research laboratory back into the Earth’s atmosphere after retiring in 2030.

The SpaceX-built vehicle will effectively destroy the ISS by pushing the station into reentry from orbit.

“It is crucial to prepare for the safe and responsible deorbit of the International Space Station in a controlled manner,” NASA said

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