SpaceX Is Officially Sending Astronauts to Space Next Month
On May 27, SpaceX will launch US astronauts Bob Behnken and Dough Hurley to the International Space Station aboard a Crew Dragon spacecraft, powered by SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 rocket. Liftoff is scheduled for 4:32 pm Eastern from Launch Complex 39A in Florida.
“On May 27, will once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil!” NASA chief administrator Jim Bridenstine wrote in a tweet today.
The launch dubbed Demo-2 is part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. A successful uncrewed test flight, Demo-1, took place in March 2019.
Both SpaceX and aerospace giant Boeing have been developing spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to the space station. Both companies have seen delays as well as a dramatic explosion during testing.
Ready for Liftoff
Behnken and Hurley have been busy running through a gauntlet of tests and rehearsals to make sure everything goes according to plan on launch day.
The news comes after SpaceX sacrificed a Falcon 9 rocket during a January 19 in-flight abortion test flight, intentionally blowing it up in a massive fireball.