It’s been eight years since NASA launched humans in space from U.S soil and now the space agency is finally ready to do it again.
The first test flight will see the Crew Dragon lift off without any astronauts inside it and it’s going to happen on January 7th from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Crew Dragon can fit three astronauts and, after the initial test flight, it will go through an in-flight abort test as well, which will prove that the emergency escape systems are fully functional before it’s going to officially launch with a crew in June, if everything goes according to plan.
The success of the mission rests primarily in the hands of SpaceX, who has been developing the Crew Dragon for NASA in order to bring the astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
If the mission proves successful and SpaceX manages to launch the astronauts in June safely, the United States’ dependence on the Russian-made Soyuz rockets will come to an end.