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SpaceX will also provide flights to non-American astronauts and Musk's company wants to eventually send tourists into space.

SpaceX has received approval on its mission to launch NASA astronauts for the first time ever on May 27, having passed a key Flight Readiness Review (FRR) conducted by the agency to ensure everything is go for launch.

"If you look at pictures of the inside of the Space Shuttle, you see a lot of added duct-tape initiatives that were not there when it was originally designed, and many of those "features", Behnken indicated with air quotes, "that were added have been incorporated directly into the new vehicle, and we're very appreciative of that".

SpaceX ran into trouble during Crew Dragon testing, including a series of failed parachute tests and the fiery disintegration in April 2019 of one Crew Dragon vehicle during a test of the capsule's launch-abort engines, an escape system not needed on the crewless model. SpaceX is expected to report whether the test firing was successful later today.

Space X as well as Boeing are being contacted to accomplish 6 crewed trips each to the ISS over the following couple of years. "Much harder problem than it may seem", he tweeted.

"I wanted to bring some humanity to this very deeply technical effort as well", she said.

Jurczyk said Russian and Japanese representatives participated in the meetings via remote links.

The end of the mission will involve the Crew Dragon detaching from the Space Station with the astronauts on board, and performing a controlled re-entry and descent into the ocean, where they'll be picked up by SpaceX's recovery crew. "Boy, I wish we could make this into something really spectacular.". Space X's vehicle for the program is the Crew Dragon, and after 6 years of growth and screening, the business is much less than a week far from lastly placing individuals inside the auto. If all goes as planned, the Crew Dragon spacecraft, propelled by a Falcon 9 rocket, will dock at the space station just before noon on Thursday.

With airline passenger traffic drastically down and nearby Orlando theme parks closed because of the pandemic, "we're not going to be getting the out-of-state traffic we may have gotten during the shuttle era", said Peter Cranis, executive director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism. The Demo-2 mission team still has to complete a final readiness review, which will incorporate data from the critical static fire test, on May 25th.

According to space.com, SpaceX's Demo-2 Mission will carry Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley aboard the Crew Dragon on a month-long mission to the International Space Station.

The agency hired both SpaceX and Boeing to deliver safe, reliable hardware that it could use to send astronauts into space whenever it wanted, without paying for seats on Russian rockets.

There have been plenty of setbacks along the way. The flight will be the final test for SpaceX for NASA's Commercial Crew Program, in which NASA enlists privately-owned companies to create starships to transport astronauts to and from the ISS.

"We're going to stay vigilant over the next few days", said Kathy Lueders, the director of NASA's commercial crew program.

"Most fighter pilots are very competitive by nature, so we maybe silently had a competition between each other to some degree", Hurley said.

Lueders stressed that it's not yet time to relax. "Roscosmos participated and they were 'go, '" he said.

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