12th November 2020
Elon Musk's Space X has proven its reliability to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and has revealed plans for another trip to the International Space Station.
Three NASA astronauts, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi are set for launch aboard a SpaceX rocket on Saturday.
NASA appears to be settling out of its reliance on Russia to transport its astronauts to and from the ISS as it has officially certified SpaceX's Crew Dragon as safe for regular transportation. Space X has been operating NASA's resupply flights to the space station with the cargo version of the Dragon since 2012
Saturday's flight is planned for 7:49 pm from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, depending on the weather, which has so far looked promising.
It is expected that it will take the Cre Dragon crew 8 hours to reach the ISS.
"For the next 15 months, we will fly seven crew and cargo Dragon missions for NASA.'
"That means that (from December) starting with Crew-1, there will be a continuous presence of SpaceX Dragons in orbit," reported SpaceX head of crewed flights, Benji Reed.
Space X's next crewed mission is expected to launch at the end of March 2021, a few weeks ahead of when the Mars Rover is expected to touch down on the Red planet.