La cápsula Crew Dragon de SpaceX transportará a astronautas a la Estación Espacial Internacional (ISS) por primera vez entre “mediados de mayo y finales de mayo”, dijo el miércoles la NASA, en el primer vuelo de humanos lanzado por Estados Unidos hacia la ISS desde 2011.
The rocket belongs to the company of billionaire Elon Musk "Falcon 9 will launch the Crew Dragon, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board (...) from Florida. NASA and SpaceX are currently aiming no later than May for the takeoff," said the American space agency in a statement.
In March, the capsule completed a trip to and from the ISS, docking over 400 kilometers from Earth, with only a mannequin on board. The vehicle had passed six days in space before dropping in the Atlantic Ocean.
Since the end of space shuttle activity in 2011, after thirty years of service, only the Russians have been coming and going to the international station.
SpaceX had made the trip to the International Space Station approximately 15 times since 2012, but only to refuel the station.
To cut costs, NASA has entrusted the transportation of its astronauts to private companies for the first time: the space agency no longer owns the aircrafts or rockets, and so it buys a service for a fixed price.
Boeing has also secured a contract for space services and is developing its own capsule, Starliner.