The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) set a launch date on Friday, May 27, which was the first US astronaut mission in the soil in nearly a decade.
NASA Administrator Jim Bradenstein tweeted that the billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk ’s space company SpaceX will ride on his Falcon 9 rocket from Florida, Send two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station-this is the company’s first manned flight mission.
“BREAKING: On May 27th, @NASA will once again launch American astronauts using American rockets from American soil!” Bridenstine wrote on Twitter.
NASA has previously stated that the mission will be launched sometime in May. The mission will be conducted by NASA astronaut Bob Behnken, 48, and Doug Hurley, 52, in the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule to the space station.
Like most high-profile tasks, the new date may be delayed. If everything goes according to plan, the mission will mark the first time NASA has launched astronauts from US soil since the space shuttle was retired in 2011.
Since then, the space agency has relied on the Russian space program to transport astronauts to the space station.
After ten years of hard work, next month’s mission is to test the crew for the last time, and then regularly deliver personnel to NASA according to its civil servant plan, the Commercial Crew Plan. Boeing (BA.N) is developing its competitive Starliner astronaut taxi as the agency’s second space journey.
The agency is considering whether to extend Benken and Hurley ’s stay on the space station from the originally planned week to six months to ensure that American astronauts continue to work at the station.
The timetable for the crew plan has been delayed for several years, and the initial crew launch was originally scheduled for early 2017.
The research and development of Crew Dragon and Boeing ’s Starliner aircraft was forced to be delayed, forcing NASA to buy more aircraft seats from the Russian Space Agency, and this cost became more and more as Moscow reduced its Soyuz program to twice a year high.