Falcon-9 and Crew Dragon from SpaceX have received official NASA certification. We look forward to the launch

It’s been a long and bumpy road, but after many unmanned tests, exploding launch platforms, parachute tests, and finally manned tests, the space system from Elon Musk is officially ready for NASA.

It’s a done deal, NASA has granted SpaceX official certification, and it’s the first time in nearly 40 years that a Space Shuttle has performed routine flights to the ISS – which means the Crew-1 mission will begin its flight to the International Space Station in just a few days. NASA worked with the company founded by Elon Musk as part of the Commercial Crew Program, whose motivation is, of course, to make the US space agency independent of Russian solutions. Thanks to the Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon capsule, this will finally be possible, and what’s more, Americans will return to spaceflight performed from their own territory.

It’s worth noting here, however, that SpaceX’s space system has already delivered astronauts to the ISS, and that took place in May of this year, when NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley went into space with the Demo-2 mission. After that successful attempt, NASA and SpaceX sat down at the table to set dates for routine missions to the International Space Station – the first of which was due last month, but was postponed due to a problem on the cargo platform.

– Today’s agreement is individuals from NASA, SpaceX and other groups coming together to complete the incredible amount of hard work required to get the job done. Certification moves us from the design phase to the manned flight phase, but we won’t stop making sure that every flight, including NASA’s Space Crew-1 mission, takes place with the same rigor we put into the process of creating the best system for our astronauts that is possible, according to Kathy Lueders, administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operation Mission Directorate.

The first certified SpaceX Crew Dragon flight will take 3 NASA astronauts – Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker – and astronaut Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to the ISS. The crew will spend six months on the International Space Station, and then Crew Dragon will take them on a flight back to Earth next year. The mission will begin with a launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, scheduled for the night of Nov. 15-16 at 1:27 a.m. PT.

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