Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, March 7th, New Media Specialist US media said that NASA and Space Exploration Technology Inc. (SpaceX) approved the first test flight as an astronaut on February 22nd. The new commercial dragon spacecraft designed.
According to the Associated Press reported on February 22, the test flight will not carry people, only the dummy wearing the SpaceX white space suit on the spacecraft. However, after taking off from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on March 2, the spacecraft will still fly to the International Space Station.
The officials approved the test flight after conducting a safety assessment.
NASA Human Exploration and Operations Director William Gusdenmeier said that the upcoming test flight is definitely the key first step to achieve the manned goal.
Gustenmeier said that they have done a lot of work to ensure that the spacecraft will not endanger the space station and the three astronauts living there. The spacecraft will stay in the orbital laboratory for less than a week before landing on the Atlantic Ocean near Florida.
SpaceX Vice President Hans Königsman said that manned space flight is the company's core mission, and for now, nothing is more important than this. He said: This is really a big deal for SpaceX.
Since 2012, SpaceX has been shipping goods for the space station. The private company must renovate its cargo spacecraft for the purpose of manned. If the test flight progresses smoothly, two NASA astronauts may participate in the next test flight this summer. Officials stressed that there is still much work to be done before the spacecraft has manned conditions, and some problems may be resolved through redesign.
Since NASA announced the grounding of the space shuttle eight years ago, this will be the first time that an astronaut has been sent from the United States. During this period, American astronauts have been taking Russian rockets to and from the space station, and NASA has to spend tens of millions of dollars for each seat.
The report said that the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which will be launched at 2:48 am on March 2, US Eastern Time, is brand new. NASA does not want to use recycled propellers to perform these manned spacecraft missions.
The report said that Boeing is also actively involved in the commercial competition for space station astronauts. The company's first interplanetary flight test plan is scheduled for April, and the second manned test flight will not be earlier than August.