SpaceX, founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, is preparing to send two American astronauts into space tomorrow. With the launch of the SpaceX rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station, America will be sending people into space for the first time in nine years. Since 2011, when the space shuttle program ended, America has been using Russian Soyuz spacecraft to send astronauts to the International Space Station, but have paid Russia $ 85 million per astronaut.
Dragon spacecraft, developed by SpaceX, based in California, will be launched tomorrow at 16.33 from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, with its Falcon 9 rocket. The Falcon 9 rocket, which will take astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken into space, will use the ramp to which NASA’s last human launch vehicle was launched in 2011.
According to the statement from the White House, it was reported that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will personally watch Dragon launch into space at the Kennedy Space Center.
The safe launch of the Dragon capsule into space will be a milestone for SpaceX’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, SpaceX and NASA. The recycling of the Dragon capsule launched into space and the fact that it is not single, but multi-use, is expected to play an important role in reducing the cost of space travel.
Doug Hurley, an astronaut who came to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas last week, said, “With Bob, we have been working day and night for this program for five years. This has been a marathon for us in many ways. You already expect such work to develop the manned spacecraft that will travel between the International Space Station and the Earth. ” Doug Hurley is 53, and Bob Behnken, who will go to space tomorrow, is 49 years old.
Starting off with the aim of reviving the commercial space market, NASA signed 3.1 billion contracts with SpaceX and 4 and a half billion dollars with Boeing.
The CST-100 Starliner capsule, designed and developed by Boeing, is not expected to be launched into space until 2021.
NASA President Jim Bridenstine endorsed the Dragon capsule’s scheduled launch tomorrow after the Kennedy Space Center and SpaceX officials completed the last checks last week. SpaceX successfully launched the Dragon space capsule into space without astronauts last year. However, the vehicle was damaged by an explosion during a trial one month after returning from space, and the investigation initiated to determine the cause of the explosion was completed in January after nine months.