November 11, 2020: Elon Musk has created a milestone by creating a commercial spacecraft to send Astronauts from earth and from International space station. On Tuesday NASA approved the Crew Dragon spacecraft and SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The new crew is planned to travel for a six month mission on November 14.
Musk thanked NASA and celebrated his team’s work in becoming “the first,” competitive, commercial, entrepreneurial, “spaceflight system in history to be certified by NASA.”
“This is a great honor that inspires confidence in our endeavor to return to the Moon, travel to Mars, and ultimately help humanity become multi-planetary,” Musk said in a statement.
As a testing process two American Astronauts were sent with the Crew Dragon in May 2020. Upon the results NASA has approved to spacecraft and the Flacon9 rocket.
“This certification milestone is an incredible achievement from NASA and SpaceX that highlights the progress we can make working together with commercial industry,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Tuesday. After years of reliance on Russian rocket technology, Bridenstine celebrated NASA now “returning regular human spaceflight launches to American soil on an American rocket and spacecraft.”
Crew Dragon is the first spacecraft approved from NASA after 40 years of the spacecraft blast. Elon’s milestone is a bench mark set for others. NASA also announced 4 American astronauts and one Japanese citizen for the Saturday launch.