SpaceX to launch Crew Dragon in one month

Business | Technology 1/5/2019, 9:45 PM
SpaceX to launch Crew Dragon in one month

Elon Musk, head of the Space Exploration Technologies Corp., said on Saturday that the noncrewed test of its version of the successor to the Space Shuttle is "about a month away." The founder, chief executive and chief technology officer of SpaceX, as the startup is better known, provided the update after the Crew Dragon, powered by Falcon 9, was erected at the launch complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for fit checks and integration testing.

The last Space Shuttle mission was launched eight years ago from the same site. The module's flight was has been postponed, with the previous target date at January 17, and in the meantime a partial United States government shutdown ensued, which dried up financing.

The piloted, Demo-2 mission, is aimed to be conducted in June, after which two astronauts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration should be taken to the International Space Station. Musk also said the Starship hopper should be tested in the next four weeks, "which probably means eight weeks, due to unforeseen issues."

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