NASA It announced late Tuesday that it had approved the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket to transport American astronauts to and from orbit, the first new vehicle to receive agency approval “since the space shuttle nearly 40 years ago.”
“I am very proud to say that we will re-launch regular human space flights to American soil on a US rocket and spacecraft,” said Bridenstein. “This certification is an impressive achievement from NASA and SpaceX that highlights the progress we can make in working together with the commercial industry.”
Bridenstine recently Advertise He would not work as a NASA administrator under President-elect Biden, noting that “what you need is someone with a close relationship with the president.”
In May, SpaceX made the Date By launching NASA astronauts into space from US soil for the first time since 2011, after the retirement of the space shuttle. Gate foundation has also released an incredible design of the world’s first commercial hotel in space. It will be more intresting in future.
The certification marks a historic milestone for both NASA and the Elon Musk space company. NASA, under the Commercial Crew Program, has provided most of the funding used to develop the Crew Dragon over the past six years and run hundreds of tests.
Since 2011, the United States has relied on Russia to send astronauts to the International Space Station, paying about $ 75 million per seat. In the statement, NASA said that the certificate ends “the only dependence on Russia for access,” adding that commercial transportation provides “additional time for research and wider opportunities for discovery.”
“Thank you to NASA for its continuous support and partnership with SpaceX in achieving this goal,” added Musk. “I couldn’t be more proud of everyone at SpaceX and all of our suppliers who have worked incredibly hard to develop, test, and fly the first commercial human spaceflight system in history to be certified by NASA. It is a great honor that inspires confidence in our endeavors to return to the moon, and travel to Mars, and in the end helping mankind to become multi-planet.
Last month, musk he sat A four-year schedule for SpaceX’s mission to Mars, but he warned that the schedule is “just a guess.”
The testimony came before Saturday launch, Which will see SpaceX and NASA send a Crew-1 mission consisting of three NASA astronauts and one Japanese astronaut to the International Space Station for six months.
“Certification takes us from the design and testing phase to the crew rotation phase of our work, but we will not stop making sure that every flight, including NASA’s Space Crew-1 mission, will be handled with the same rigor that we put in implementing this,” said Cathy Louders, Director Assistant in the NASA Exploration and Operation Operations Department, that the best system our astronauts can have.
Phil McAllister, NASA’s commercial spaceflight development director, said the announcement changes “the arc of human spaceflight history,” adding that access to LEO and the International Space Station is now available to more people, science and commercial opportunities.
“We are really at the beginning of a new era of human spaceflight,” added McAllister.
NASA’s Artemis program aims to land American astronauts on the moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on Earth’s natural satellite.
The agency’s long-term goal is to send a manned mission to Mars in the 1930s.
Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to writing this story.