SpaceX and NASA initially scheduled the mission in August, but the updated schedule shows late September, which leaves time for the manned dragon spacecraft to complete its final demonstration mission. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley may return to earth on SpaceX as early as August 1.
Although the demonstration mission sent astronauts to the international space station, it was actually the last step in the test and development phase of the manned dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket, which means that they will be qualified to carry out regular space missions and can pick up NASA astronauts.
The first official operation of SpaceX means that SpaceXs manned dragon spaceship is the first to execute a commercial contract with NASA to provide regular shuttle service for astronauts. The mission will carry three NASA astronauts and one Japanese astronaut who will spend a long time on the space station and conduct various experiments and studies.
Of course, SpaceX still has many conditions to meet before the end of September, including the successful return of Hurley and Benton from the international space station. This is the final part of the demonstration task. Only if it is successful can the whole authentication process of SpaceX be completed. (small)
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