In eight years, no Americans have introduced an orbital spacecraft from US soil. But as the first testing revelation of its Crew Dragon spacecraft from SpaceX in this weekend, initiates a new age in human spaceflight is about to start.
Earlier on 2nd March, SpaceX crew Dragon vehicle introduced a supreme Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. This was the spacecraft designed first flight to carry human beings to orbit from the US since the final flight of the Space Shuttle in July in 2011.
Under the contract with Nasa, this particular spacecraft is crafted to transport the astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The test flight is named as Demo mission 1, had no humans inside it. But as early this summer, SpaceX decides to send humans firstly, like Nasa astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. And after that, the actual excitement starts.
The space policy analyst, as well as founder of the Analytical consulting firm Laura Forczyk, says, “ The success of DM-1 opens up a new market of possibilities for SpaceX”. She also added, “ We may see SpaceX launch private astronauts along with government astronauts to the ISS in the future.”
To ferry the astronauts to the space station SpaceX has six contracted flight with Nasa. They are one of two companies to get billion dollars sponsor from the agency for developing crewed spacecraft, the other being Boeing, who expect about the first initiation of the est flight of their Starliner vehicle later this year.
Potentially, Crew Dragon can carry up to seven people on each flight, although Nasa will only use up to four seats per lunch.
The other customers of SpaceX, however which may determine to be more exciting. The CEO of the company, Elon Musk , has made no secret of his desire to send humans into space, and various private companies and constant probing on the facilities offered by Crew Dragon.
The CEO of the company, Elon Musk informed,” We’ve not sought any private customers. Our focus has been on serving Nasa’s needs ” in a press conference after launching of Crew Dragon successfully.
He added, “ But once Dragon is in regular operation, I think we will seek commercial customers.”