NASA, SpaceX to Launch First Astronauts to Space Station from U.S. Since 2011
On May 9, NASA released a preview video of the first manned flight test of the Dragon spacecraft developed by Space X. It will carry two American astronauts on May 27.
As part of the NASA Commercial Crew Program, a new era of human space flight will begin as American astronauts launch again from US soil to the International Space Station with US rockets. NASA astronauts Robert Benken and Douglas Hurley will take off at 4:32 pm on the Falcon 9 rocket, which was launched by SpaceX’s “Crew Dragon” space shuttle. On May 27th, Eastern Daylight Time in the United States, we departed from the Florida 39A launch site and conducted a long-term stay of 2 demonstrations at the space station. The specific duration of the task is to be determined.
As SpaceX’s final flight test, this mission will verify the company’s personnel transportation system, including launch pads, rockets, spacecraft, and combat capabilities. This is the first time NASA astronauts have tested a spacecraft system in orbit.