NASA has confirmed that SapceX will become the first private company to launch astronauts to the ISS (International Space Station).
The Crew Dragon spacecraft is selected for this mission. In fact, announcing this out-front is a surprising move by the usually cautious agency, NASA.
This news also comes as bad news for Boeing, who was eyeing this contract. Crew Dragon is the first astronaut-rated capsule.
It was completed and shipped eastward, and arrived at SpaceX’s Florida processing facilities on February 13th, Thursday, as confirmed by both NASA and SpaceX.
NASA’s move comes as very shocking to everyone in the industry. Especially Boeing and its Starliner spacecraft.
Crew Dragon Demo-2 is expected to launch in tow or three months from now. NASA’s public statement said that SpaceX will be launching astronauts first.
Under the contract of Commercial Crew Program in 2014, SpaceX and Boeing were awarded $3.1B and $5.1B respectively. They’ve both been working to build two separate crew launch vehicles, Starliner by Boeing and Crew Dragon by SpaceX.
These crew launch vehicles will be helping NASA ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
NASA’s Commercial Crew Twitter handle (@Commercial_Crew) tweeted the following along with a picture of Crew Dragon on 14th Feb,
“Welcome to Florida, #CrewDragon!