SpaceX and the Boeing-led NASA Exploration Capabilities Office have signed an agreement for a joint program to launch a Dragon spacecraft and a Dragon-1 booster from Cape Air Force Station, Florida, NASA announced on Thursday.
The two companies said the agreement would enable NASA to begin exploring the deep ocean depths of the southern Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX will receive the Dragon spacecraft, and Boeing will receive its Dragon-2 booster.
The new program will launch both spacecrafts from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Base.
The spacecrafts will be launched on the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.
The booster will be flown by the Boeing Dragon-3.
The launch will occur in the early 2020s, and the missions will occur every six years.
The agreement was announced at a meeting of the National Space Council (NSCC) on Thursday, which was hosted by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
The two companies are scheduled to begin testing their Dragon spacecrafts in 2021.
The agreement, which is expected to be completed in 2021, will be in line with NASA’s plans for the program.
SpaceX is already working with NASA on the Dragon capsule and Dragon-4 spacecraft.
Both Dragon spacecraft are designed to fly into deep space.
Both will carry a Dragon cargo capsule, which will be used for science and exploration.