NASA to send SpaceX crew on ISS next month
The US space agency NASA is set to send its astronauts on American rocket from American soil for the first time in almost a decade. The SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft will leave for the International Space Station (ISS) on May 27.
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will fly on the SpaceX spacecraft as part of the US space agency’s Commercial Crew Programme, heralding a new era of human spaceflight.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft will lift off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A in Florida, for an extended stay at the space station for the Demo-2 mission.
The specific duration of the mission is to be determined.
As the final flight test for SpaceX, this mission will validate the company’s crew transportation system, including the launch pad, rocket, spacecraft, and operational capabilities.
This will also be the first time NASA astronauts will test the spacecraft systems in orbit.
The operational Crew Dragon spacecraft will be capable of staying in orbit for at least 210 days as a NASA requirement.