CpaceX is about to send its first people into space. The company announced on Friday that it has completed a static rocket fire test carrying its Crew Dragon capsule. The success of the shooting paved the way for an unmanned test flight as early as February.
"If the test flight goes well next month, NASA will take a seat at the Space Station this summer!" Followers on Twitterin a message loaded with emoticons, which he later explained because "the young people love them".
The fire with a static test took place at 16 o'clock. Eastern Time at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with the Falcon 9 rocket, equipped with a crew dragon at the 39A launch site. The company plans to complete the first unmanned flight from the launch site. Sources reported by CBS News reporter William Harwood claim the static fire was shorter than planned, but the company's public announcements show he is pleased with the move to the next stage:
The capsule is part of a wider mission to send US astronauts to the International Space Station. As NASA canceled the space shuttle program in 2011, the agency used Russian Soyuz missiles at the Baikonur Kosmodrome in Kazakhstan to transfer astronauts to and from the space station. This contract, which costs $ 81 million on the spot, will expire in November 2019. SpaceX is in a race with Boeing, who is developing the CST-100 to develop a crew capsule to take on these missions and send the first American. astronauts in the space of a merchant ship.
In November, NASA announced that SpaceX will hold its unplanned Demo flight on January 7, 2019. This is repudiated, as the agency's website says the launch will take place no earlier than February. This will be followed by a flight break test before the Demo 2 crew will start in June 2019. The summer start will see two astronauts who will be on the first flight of Dragon Horley, a former Colonel of the Marine Corps Douglas Hurley and the former Air. Power Colonel Robert Benken, both of whom are astronauts since 2000.
Boeing is set to follow a similar trajectory. The unplanned orbital test flight of the company is scheduled for March, followed by a pad break test leading to a pilot flight in August. The test flight will include three astronauts: former Air Force pilot Eric Boe, retired captain Christopher Ferguson and former Lieutenant Colonel Nicole Aunapu Mann.
Like SpaceX's The latest cargo capsule has returned to Earth this month after successfully delivering 5,600 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station, the company is preparing for the next major step in space flight.