NASA said on Wednesday that the first flying spacecraft will take off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 7.
The launch test is an important milestone for the space agency’s commercial crew program, which aims to push humans from the US land into space for the first time in nearly a decade.
NASA said SpaceX’s crew, the Dragon Spacecraft, will send three Astronauts to space on the same launch pad that sent the Apollo 11 crew to the moon in 1969 – the first Falcon in SpaceX Flight on the 9th rocket on January 7
Although NASA did not specify the flight path, it stated that the test will provide performance data on the Falcon 9, crew dragon and ground systems, as well as on-orbit, docking and landing operations.
SpaceX and Boeing are the two main contractors selected by NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and they will use their Crew Dragon and CST-100 Starliner spaceships to send astronauts into space in 2019.
Since the US space shuttle program was shut down in 2011, NASA has had to rely on Russia to send astronauts to the space station, an orbital research laboratory worth $100 billion (about 71,000 rupees), flying about 250 miles (402 Kilometers). Earth.
The release of Demo-1 is the latest test in the strict certification schedule of the NASA Commercial Crew Program. Although SpaceX’s goal is early January, NASA spokeswoman Mary Lewis said the demonstration mission may be delayed because “safe flight always takes precedence over the timetable.”
SpaceX was founded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. He said that if the test on January 7 is successful, it plans to launch its first mission in June 2019, but the timetable may change.
Boeing plans to conduct a similar test shot on its Starcraft 5 rocket spacecraft in March and complete its mission in August.
The release date for January 7th was issued the second day after NASA indicated that it would conduct a “cultural assessment study” of these companies prior to the crew test flight, “including adherence to a non-toxic environment”.