The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States is planning to send humans to space for the first time in eight years, in a historic flight through SpaceX Crew Dragon.
Prior to the historic launch, as a part of the preparation, the space agency will shoot out a test flight on January 7, 2019. The announcement comes as the race between Boeing and SpaceX to launch their first crewed space missions is heating up.
1. NASA has announced an updated schedule for the two companies on the road to sending astronauts to space from American soil.
2. The SpaceX will send its Crew Dragon capsule on its maiden voyage to the International Space Station on January 7.
3. The SpaceX Crew Dragon can seat three astronauts but will be unpiloted for its first test flight, which will be launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
4. This flight will be known as Demo-1 (or DM-1). It will undergo an in-flight abort test sometime before its first crewed flight in June.
5. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first two astronauts to test the commercial spaceflight.