SpaceX, the rocket maker of businessman Elon Musk, is preparing to make its project of transporting astronauts into space a reality.
Last Monday, the company published a video showing a computer simulation of an astronaut's first flight due in 2020. “SpaceX will soon show Crew Dragon's ability to carry safely and reliability of astronauts to and from the International Space Station, ”said the company.
In the recording, there are two astronauts boarding the Crew Dragon spacecraft. One of Crew Dragon's main functions will be to take astronauts to the International Space Station. In this sense, SpaceX will use its Falcon 9 rocket to propel the Crew Dragon off our planet.
In the video, after a successful docking to the International Space Station, the device breaks up and returns to Earth.
Before the video appeared on SpaceX's YouTube account, the company's founder Elon Musk posted a portion of the video on his Twitter account. “The first Falcon 9 / Dragon 2020 manned flight simulation,” he wrote.
Eight years ago, in January 2012, Musk published a video showing a simulation of a Falcon 9 rocket flight with the Dragon spacecraft. “Eight years later, the simulation is practically real,” Musk responded to this post.
In October, NASA administrator Elon Musk and Jim Bridenstine said their idea of bringing astronauts into space from the United States was still underway and could be completed in early 2020.
However, they warned that there is still critical work to be done, but they were still sure there would be a release soon. "If everything goes according to plan, it will be in the first quarter of next year," said the NASA administrator.
The first trip of this mission is expected to be made by astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.
The Crew Dragon is a fully autonomous spacecraft designed to take up to seven astronauts to the International Space Station and other destinations. The ship can be monitored and controlled by SpaceX's crew and control center in California, United States.