NASA awarded flights 7, 8, and 9 for Crew Dragon in an extension of the existing contract, bringing the total value to \$3,490,872,904 . We know that in 2014 SpaceX was awarded about $2.6 billion to develop and fly Crew Dragon, at least the first two Demo and first operational flight were included in there.

Bottom line, how much did these 3 additional flights actually cost?

  • $\begingroup$ Was wondering the same. Simple math suggests about 270 million per missions, which seems really high. Like 70 plus a seat. That seems really high. $\endgroup$
    – geoffc
    Mar 1, 2022 at 15:53
  • $\begingroup$ @geoffc not too far from the Inspector General's guess from 2019 ($55m per seat) $\endgroup$ Mar 1, 2022 at 16:26
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    $\begingroup$ Multiple sites claim a \$900 million contract extension, or \$300 million per flight, or \$75 million per seat. $\endgroup$ Mar 2, 2022 at 10:37
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    $\begingroup$ I suspect there might be some rounding in that \$900 million number. $\endgroup$ Mar 2, 2022 at 10:39
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    $\begingroup$ @geoffc Even if it is \$75 million per seat, that is less than Russia was charging as of late for Soyuz launches. Moreover, there are added benefits in that the money largely stay in the US and that some of the money even comes back to the US government in the form of taxes. $\endgroup$ Mar 2, 2022 at 10:44


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