SpaceX has announced to create a history with its first astronaut launch from our space agency NASA by next week. There were no showstoppers during the crucial flight readiness review (FRR) for the successful work of SpaceX’s Demo-2 mission.
This is going to the company’s first-ever crewed flight on the track which is going to be launched this May 27th. NASA officials have formally announced that the flight readiness review has been concluded and the NASA’s SpaceX demo-2 mission is ready to proceed towards the takeoff on the first crewed flight of the agency’s commercial crew program.
The demo-2 mission will shuttle the NASA astronauts Bob and Doug to the ISS aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, which will launch a Falcon 9 rocket from KSC in Florida. The mission is considered to be the first orbital spaceflight that will depart from American soil since from the time of NASA retired during 2011.
Ever since then, the space agency has been relied on Russian soil for launching soil to shuttle their spacecraft to and fro the orbiting lab. Now the time has come that the space agency will end its dependency by counting on SpaceX and Boeing.
During the year 2014, the agency awarded around $2.6 billion to finish development of the crew Dragon Falcon 9 system and got the credit of flying around 6 operational crewed missions to the ISS since then. At the same time, Boeing received similar fund worth of $4.2 billion which the company is yet to fulfil using a capsule known as CST-100 starliner.