SpaceX unveiled a view that astronauts will see when landing on the Crew Dragon space crew. The video was released on January 25th, making it clear that the astronauts Robert Benken and Douglas Hurley will be seen later this year when they go on the first flight.
You may notice the sleek access sleeve Crew Dragon. It resembles a corridor, which is used for boarding a ship located on the launch pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (Florida).
SpaceX is preparing to launch the first test flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft as early as next month. Model Demo-1 will be launched from the platform 39A to the International Space Station, and then returned to Earth for landing in the ocean.
The frame shows the view of the Demo-1Crew Dragon capsule (center) from the crew's access point on the launch pad 39A of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral (Florida). The sleeve allows access to Crew Dragon ships on a Falcon 9 rocket This is a relatively new access point. SpaceX installed a 25-meter sleeve in August 2018 at an altitude of 80 m. Earlier, NASA access points were installed at this level when launching shuttles. SpaceX has been sending dragon unmanned cargo versions to the ISS since 2012. But Demo-1 will mark the first crew flight, equipped with means of life support, emergency launch and other support systems for astronauts.
If the launch of Demo-1 is successful, the company will continue the tests and send the first astronauts to the ISS in the summer. SpaceX is one of two companies with which NASA is collaborating to develop an astronaut launch program from American territory. These are engaged in Boeing, developing its spacecraft CST-100 Starliner. The first test flight without a crew is scheduled for the next few months.