Homepage > Africa > Content of article

The manned "Dragon" spacecraft will fly for the first time next week.

China News Service, February 25th According to foreign media reports, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and SpaceX have approved a new commercial dragonship designed for astronauts for the first time next week.

It is reported that in this test flight, no one will board the space capsule, only one instrument dummy wearing SpaceX's white spacesuit. The spacecraft is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station after it was launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on March 2.

Officials approved the plan after a security check.

NASA's director of human exploration and operations, William Gosten Meyer, said the upcoming test flight was the first crucial first step in bringing the astronauts to the space capsule.

Gustenberger said that a lot of work has been done to ensure that the space capsule does not endanger the space station and its three astronauts during landing and docking. It will stay in the orbital lab less than a week later and target a landing in the Atlantic Ocean near Florida. Radiation monitors and supplies are increasing, and scientific samples and used equipment are decreasing.

SpaceX Vice President Hans Königsman said that manned space flight is the company's core mission, and nothing is more important than this effort.

This is really a big deal for SpaceX, he told reporters.

SpaceX has been transporting space stations since 2012. The private company had to repair the cargo hold for astronauts. If the upcoming demonstration is going well, two NASA astronauts will conduct the next test flight this summer. Officials stressed that there is still a lot of work to do before the space capsule is qualified, and it may be redesigned to solve the problem.

Latest International News