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SpaceX Test Success Allows US To Resume Flights to ISS

SpaceX Test Success Allows US To Resume Flights to ISS”

A Falcon 9 booster rocket explodes during SpaceX's In-flight Abort Test on January 19, 2020.

Delayed for the day due to bad weather, Kennedy's Sunday launch gathered hundreds of SpaceX, NASA, and Air Force employees on land, at sea, and in the air.

Private aerospace companies SpaceX and Boeing both have agreements with NASA to transport astronauts to the International Space Station - as soon as they've proved their systems are safe enough.

With this test now complete, the next big flight of the Crew Dragon will have people on board: NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

Elon Musk, who also runs both SpaceX and the electric vehicle company, used Teslas to get around Kennedy Space Center for Sunday's launch escape test.

NASA awarded $4.2 billion to Boeing and $2.5 billion to SpaceX in 2014 to develop separate capsule systems capable of ferrying astronauts to the space station from US soil for the first time since NASA's space shuttle program ended in 2011.

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Crew Dragon continued its upward trajectory alone reaching an altitude of about 40 kilometers before beginning its natural descent toward the Atlantic.

Since 2011, the United States has had to rely on Russia's Soyuz rockets, the only ones capable of carrying astronauts to the space station once the U.S. retired its space shuttle fleet. Company chief Elon Musk told attendees at a post-test conference that the crewed mission to the International Space Station will likely take place in the second quarter of the year, or sometime between April and June. Musk, who also controls Tesla, used cars to go around the space center on Sunday. No one was aboard for the test flight, just two mannequins.

However, according to documents filed by the company past year, it was revealed that the company is now planning to launch an additional 30,000 satellites for the project, bringing the total to 42,000.

But the timing of these tests is critical for NASA.

NASA's Space Launch System - which is created to launch the Orion crew capsule to the moon - will be put through some major tests in 2020.

"I'm super fired up, this is great", Musk said.

Luders said it was too early to know whether Boeing needed to send another Starliner to the space station without a crew or to start launching the astronauts right away later this year.



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