This year marks the 18th year SpaceX has been captivating our imagination and its set to be a rather momentous anniversary.
While we’ve watched with mouths agape as SpaceX landed its rockets for reuse and planted the same rockets on a barge out in the ocean, those missions have lacked one vital element for space travel – people.
However, it seems like that will change later this year according to tweets from Ars Technica’s senior space editor Eric Berger and The Next Web.
Working date for SpaceX's Demo-2 launch is May 7. Dragon is in good shape.
Launch date is fluid and mission may move into late April, or push later into May depending on a number of variables not hardware related. No final decision yet on duration.
— Eric Berger (@SciGuySpace) February 10, 2020
The editor said in a later tweet that the variables include NASA wanting to minimise the time of three International Space Station members and there being no date for SpaceX’s first operational mission as yet.
The Crew Dragon module has undergone extensive testing following its successful docking with the ISS last year.
Most recently SpaceX demonstrated the effectiveness of the vessel’s launch escape system.
That test was successful and you can watch the demo below.
A crewed mission to the ISS would be a monumental moment for SpaceX which has been ferrying satellites and supplies to the heavens for a few years already.
It’s hard to think that just a few years ago we were celebrating SpaceX landing the Falcon-9 rocket and now the firm is about to send people into orbit.
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