It is certain that NASA has officially certified SpaceX and it is the first such case in nearly 40 years, in which a Space Shuttle performed routine flights to the ISS - thanks to this, the Crew-1 mission will start its flight to the International Space Station in a few days. NASA worked with a company founded by Elon Musk as part of the Commercial Crew Program, whose motivation is, of course, the independence of the American space agency from Russian solutions. Thanks to the Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon capsule, it will finally be possible, and moreover, the Americans will return to space flights from their own territory.
It is worth noting, however, that the SpaceX space system has already delivered astronauts to the ISS, and this took place in May this year, when NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley went into space on the Demo-2 mission. After this successful trial, NASA and SpaceX sat down to schedule routine missions to the International Space Station - the first one fell out last month, but was postponed due to a problem on the transport platform.
- Today's deal features people from NASA, SpaceX and other groups who have come together to complete an incredible amount of hard work to get the job done. The certification moves us from the design stage to the manned flight stage, but we will continue to make sure that every flight, including the NASA Space Crew-1 mission, will aboutmusics performed with the same rigor that we put into creating the best system for our astronauts. only is possible - says Kathy Lueders, administrator of NASA Human Exploration and Operation Mission Directorate.
The first certified SpaceX Crew Dragon flight will take NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker and the astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to the ISS 3. The crew will be on the International Space Station for 6 months, and then the Crew Dragon will take them on a return flight to Earth next year. The mission will begin with a launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, scheduled for the night of November 15 at 1:27 PM Polish time.