The artistic vision of the SpaceX crew spacecraft Crew Dragon, docked with the ISS. The first test flight plan to spend January 7
Now we know when the new space transport company SpaceX is planning to enter orbit for the first time. The Crew Dragon crew's debut flight, directed to the International Space Station, is scheduled for 7 January.
To start using the Falcon 9 rocket, and will start from the historical complex 39A in the Kennedy Space Center NASA (Florida), which also launched the Apollo lunar missions and the shuttle program. SpaceX is developing Crew Dragon to deliver astronauts from Earth to the ISS and back. The first flight with people on board is focused on June 2019.
The automatic version of the Dragon spacecraft has been flying to the ISS since 2010 due to a contract between SpaceX and NASA (delivers provisions for the station members). The aerospace giant Boeing also has a contract with NASA, where they plan to use the CST-100 Starliner capsule. In March 2019 and August 2019, test flights are scheduled. For launches will use missiles Atlas-5. NASA is counting on SpaceX and Boeing to break the 100% dependence on the use of Russian Soyuz rockets and spacecraft to deliver astronauts to the ISS. A similar situation has developed since July 2011, when the United States completed the shuttle program.
Recall that the last human launch on the Soyuz ship was stopped on October 11 due to a technical problem, and two passengers made a safe emergency landing. The next launch is scheduled for December 3rd.