“Overall, as far we can tell thus far, it was a picture-perfect mission,” said Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, during a news conference after the test.
Crew Dragon separating from Falcon 9 during today’s test, which verified the spacecraft’s ability to carry astronauts to safety in the unlikely event of an emergency on ascent pic.twitter.com/rxUDPFD0v5— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 19, 2020
“It’s just going to be wonderful to get astronauts back into orbit from American soil after almost a decade of not being able to do so. I think that’s super exciting.” “I can’t believe we’ve gotten this far,” Mr. Musk said.
NASA has not been able to send astronauts to the ISS from American soil since the space shuttle was retired 2011, NASA always had to rely on Russian Soyuz Rocket. The successful crew dragon abort meant that NASA could now launch American astronauts on a SpaceX rocket, which in turn costs almost half of the amount of a sit on Russian Soyuz Rocket.
Ever Since the space shuttle was retired, NASA had to hitchhike on a Russian Soyuz rocket, which costs over $80m yet SpaceX requires only $50m on its falcon 9. On whether the United States will still buy additional seats on the Russian rocket, Mr. Bridenstine did not rule out the option and said, “I think it’s important we have options.”
“We’re on the cusp of commercializing low-Earth orbit,” said Jim Bridenstine, the NASA administrator. “I want to see large amounts of capital flowing into activities that include humans in space. And those activities could be industrialized biomedicine. It could be advanced materials, and it could be people that want to go to space for tourism purposes.”
Mr. Musk further provided more information on crew dragon heat shield that can enable it to pass through an erupted fire just in case the capsule escapes late.
“It could quite literally look like something out of Star Wars, fly right out of a fireball,” he said “Though we want to avoid doing that” This milestone means more to SpaceX who is working a Starship a vehicle which will take people to Mars and fulfill SpaceX’s dream of making life multi-planetary.
This milestone means more to SpaceX who is working a Starship a vehicle that will take people to Mars and fulfill SpaceX’s dream of making life multi-planetary.