The first flight of SpaceX, adapted to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, will be fired from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 7, NASA said on Wednesday.
The launch test is a milestone in the space agency's commercial vehicle program, which aims to fire people into space from the US for the first time in nearly a decade.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration said SpaceX Crew Dragon, which will transport three astronauts into space from the same platform that sent three people to Apollo 11 on the Moon in 1969, will make its debut flight to the Falcon 9 SpaceX January 7.
Although NASA did not describe the flight path in detail, he said the test would provide data on the Falcon 9, Crew Dragon and ground systems, as well as on orbit, docking and landing.
SpaceX and Boeing Co are NASA's two main contractors selected to send astronauts into space as early as 2019 using the crew spacecraft Crew Dragon and CST-100 Starliner respectively.
As the US space shuttle program was closed in 2011, NASA had to rely on Russia to fly astronauts to the space station, an orbital research lab that flies about 402 kilometers above the $ 100 billion Earth.
The launch of Demo-1 is the latest test in the strict certification timeline imposed by NASA's commercial crew program. While SpaceX is headed in early January, NASA spokesperson Mari Lewis said the demonstration mission could be repelled because "safe flying always had an edge over graphics."
Founded by Tesla Elon Musk's CEO, SpaceX said that if the January 7 test succeeds, it plans to launch its first crew in June 2019, but the schedule may change.
Boeing plans to launch a Starlight spacecraft launch at the top of his Atlas 5 rocket immediately after March, sending a crew mission in August.
The announcement of the January 7 announcement date comes a day after NASA said it would conduct a "cultural appraisal study" of companies, "including adherence to a drug-free environment," before the crew's test flights.
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