NASA: SpaceX Dragon or its first manned test flight early next year

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 NASA: SpaceX Dragon or its first manned test flight early next year


BEIJING, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- According to a comprehensive report, Jim Bradenstin, director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), if the results of the tests on SpaceXs manned dragon spacecraft are positive, the companys spacecraft will send American astronauts to the International Space Station as early as next year.

DATA FIGURE: SpaceXDemo-1 unmanned Crew Dragon was unveiled at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Florida, on February 28, 2019.

Reported that Brighton Stein 10 visited the SpaceX headquarters in California, the United States, announced the above news.

Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, said he hoped to deliver the Dragon spacecraft to NASA by the end of this year.

If everything goes according to plan, it will be the first quarter of next year, Bredenstein said. According to reports, Bridenstin also stressed NASAs concern about the safety of astronauts, saying, We will not take any undue risks.

Musk and Bridenstin say they are working together to solve SpaceXs technical problems, including re-entry parachutes and propulsion systems.

DATA FIGURE: On March 3, 2019, NASA broadcast live video on the mission announcing that the SpaceX manned dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station.

Its a very difficult engineering task to design a good parachute, Musk said. He added that the parachute of the ultimate manned Dragon spacecraft would be safer than the Apollo-era parachute.

Since the decommissioning of the US space shuttle in 2011, NASA has had to rely on Russian spacecraft to deliver US astronauts at a cost of $85 million per seat. In order to change this situation, NASA strongly supports commercial space flight. In 2014, SpaceX and Boeing were commissioned to build the manned version of the Dragon spacecraft and the Star Airliner respectively. However, the first flight time of the two spacecraft has been delayed many times since 2017, which was originally planned.

Source: Responsible Editor of CNN: Su Hong-hung_NBJ9980