May 27, SpaceX is to launch a Crew Dragon ship with astronauts aboard to the International Space Station. This launch where people would go the orbit from the United States territory will be the first in nine years.
The goal of the upcoming Crew Dragon mission is to return the orbital launches to the United States, which ceased after the completion of the Space Shuttle reusable spacecraft program. Since then, NASA has been forced to pay Russia to send people into space on Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
In 2010, NASA began looking for private contractors to deliver the crew to the ISS under the CCDev program. Then SpaceX began developing the ship Crew Dragon. The design was publicly released in May 2014, and in October of that year, the ship was selected along with Boeing's CST-100 Starliner to deliver the crew to the ISS. After considering the proposals, NASA chose the cheapest options and provided SpaceX $ 2.6 billion for the further development of the ship.
The first launch of Crew Dragon was made in March 2019, then the ship successfully reached the ISS in the unmanned mode and returned to Earth.
If the upcoming launch is successful, the United States will be able to usher in a new era in the history of commercial space exploration. The thing is that the contract between SpaceX and NASA provides for the implementation of several more missions to deliver people to space. And given that up to seven people can fit in Crew Dragon, SpaceX plans to sell space to space tourists.
Live Broadcast of the launch: