SpaceX CRS-8, also known as SpX-8, is a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station scheduled for 2016. It will be the tenth flight for SpaceX’s uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft and the eighth operational mission contracted to NASA under a Commercial Resupply Services contract.
The mission has been contracted by NASA and will be flown by SpaceX. SpaceX has the primary control over manifesting, scheduling and loading secondary payloads.
However, there are certain restrictions included in their contract with NASA that preclude specified hazards on the secondary payloads, and also require contract-specified probabilities of success and safety margins for any SpaceX reboosts of the secondary satellites once the Falcon 9 second stage has achieved its initial low-Earth orbit (LEO).