SpaceX's Crew Dragon launch is set for 2:49 a.m. Saturday EST (11:49 p.m. Friday PST) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
It's slightly bigger-27 feet tall-and also launches atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Now, Elon Musk's SpaceX is readying for the test of a lifetime with the test launch of its new crew capsule. OBJECTIVE: TO ISS AND BACK After take-off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the 6-day mission will see the Crew Dragon capsule dock with ISS whereupon the three astronauts in ISS will enter the Dragon. On March 8, it will undock and re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean around 8:45 a.m. ET.
Not since the retirement of the shuttles in 2011 has America been able to put humans in orbit.
For the test, the Ripley dummy was strapped into the far left seat, wearing the company's snappy white spacesuit. The insides of the spacecraft, while roomy, will look a bit different once NASA outfits it with whatever a crewed mission will require, but it's not hard to be impressed with the futuristic look sparkling clean aesthetic of Crew Dragon's cabin. "And I'm pretty sure it's not just me, I think everybody within SpaceX feels this and wants to get this right".
According to NASA, Boeing is targeting August for its first crewed flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at Space Launch Complex 41. But that may begin to change as soon as later today as SpaceX holds the first test of its space capsule created to take humans to the International Space Station (ISS).
SpaceX is about to send its crew module to the space station in a vital first test
It pays Russian Federation to get its people up to the ISS orbiting research facility at a cost of US$82 million a head, for a round trip.
During the docking, the ISS crew will stay in a safe place, the Roscosmos official said. SpaceX plans to recycle the newly flying capsule for a high-altitude abort test this spring, along with a booster launched and retrieved a week ago.
Astronaut Doug Hurley from NASA and Christopher Ferguson from Boeing - both astronauts that flew on the last space shuttle mission in 2011 - will take the new commercial capsules to the space station on a test drive in April 2019. This means Dragon will connect to the ISS under its own guidance and propulsion. "Early on, our goal was human spaceflight", he said.
"This mission is an important step in returning human spaceflight to American soil".
Anne McClain, the American aboard the space station, says she's looking forward to saying hello.
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