SpaceX, the commercial spacecraft manufacturer, founded by Tesla’s Elon Musk is planning to take humans to space for the first time. They had conducted a successful In-Flight Abort (IFA) last month and now they have apparently got very close to their aim of taking Astronauts to space.
According to reports, their spacecraft Crew Dragon will take off on May 7th with two astronauts and they have cross-checked all the parameters and conditions required to take humans to space. The Dragon spacecraft is designed to efficiently deliver cargo and humans to the Earth’s orbit and beyond. It can carry up to 7 passengers at a time and the capsule has Draco thrusters towards the base which allows orbital maneuvering. On 3rd March 2019, the spacecraft autonomously docked to the International Space Station making it the first American spacecraft to do so.
Eric Berger, the tech reporter for Ars Technika, Tweeted that: “Working date for SpaceX’s Demo-2 launch is May 7. The Dragon is in good shape. The launch date is fluid and mission may move into late April, or push later into May depending on a number of variables not hardware related. No final decision yet on duration”
This means that the date for taking off is flexible and might be preponed or postponed according to when the spacecraft is completely ready. The upcoming mission will be the second demo of the Crew Dragon and if all goes well, they will be taking two NASA astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station for two weeks.
This is the first crewed commercial flight to take off by a private firm. They do have collaboration with NASA, but the success of this mission will be a historical benchmark in space exploration.