Elon Musk’s SpaceX will quickly launch U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station for the primary time since 2011. NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 flight take a look at will ship two astronauts to the International Space Station in Might, the primary time American astronauts aboard an American rocket and spacecraft have visited the station for the reason that ultimate area shuttle mission on July eight, 2011.
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will make the journey aboard Crew Dragon launched from SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
“NASA and SpaceX are at the moment concentrating on no sooner than mid-to-late May for launch,” a press release launched by NASA learn.
In March, Musk’s Crew Dragon capsule made a round journey to the ISS, which lies in orbit greater than 250 miles above Earth, with a model on board. It returned to the Atlantic after six days in the area, in line with AFP.
The U.S. shut down house shuttle missions after 30 years in service in 2011, and since that point solely, the Russians have been going backward and forwards to the ISS.
SpaceX has made the journey 15 instances since 2012, however solely to refuel the station. Nonetheless, SpaceX isn’t the one non-public firm servicing NASA: Boeing has additionally received a contract and is growing its personal Starliner capsule.