SpaceX set for its first orbital test flight of Crew Dragon

Mindy Sparks
January 8, 2019

The SpaceX Crew Dragon is atop a Falcon 9 rocket and the capsule and rocket are now vertical on the launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The launch date could possibly be pushed back to February due to the partial government shutdown that has affected NASA.

In a series of recent Twitter updates from the accounts of SpaceX and top dog Elon Musk, the Crew Dragon appears ready for one of its biggest tests yet: an actual launch.

No astronauts will be on board for this demonstration mission, but this is the first launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon, a spacecraft that will soon transport astronauts to the International Space Station.

SpaceX and Boeing are both behind schedule in their independent efforts to create crewed launch systems that will allow NASA to send astronauts to space from USA soil. SpaceX and NASA just took another step toward bringing crewed launches back.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule gets ready ahead of an uncrewed test flight.

New SpaceX photos show the first Crew Dragon attached to its rocket in their hangar at Launch Pad 39A, as well as rolling out to the pad, standing upright in launch position and sitting within reach of the company's sleek white and black crew access arm.

Both companies have fallen behind their original schedules, forcing NASA to continue to rely on Russia's Roscosmos space group in order to keep a steady stream of astronauts on missions to the International Space Station. The other company is Boeing, which has its own crewed ship for NASA, called the CST-100 Starliner, that is scheduled to make an uncrewed test flight in March, with crewed flight later this year.

SpaceX shared a particularly gorgeous shot of the Falcon 9 against a backdrop of rosy clouds. The spacecraft is created to fly up to seven astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit.

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