Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Space Exploration company SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.) is set to make history tomorrow.
SpaceX has finally received a go ahead as astronauts get ready to take off from U.S. soil for the first time since NASA retired the space shuttle in 2011.
The launch will take place Tomorrow at 4:33 p.m. ET from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Should in case the weather is not be in favor on Wednesday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. ET and May 31 at 3 p.m. are backup launch windows. But they will require longer transit times to the space station.
This will be the first time a private company will give U.S. astronauts a ride to space. Think of it like a Taxi ride to the space station.
This is huge and the stakes are extremely high for the second most valuable vehicle manufacturing company CEO, Elon Musk. If the launch is successful, Mars is next.
Yesterday, NASA successfully completed the launch preparation review. On Saturday was the dress rehearsal of the two Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. Friday was the static fire of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket which was also very successful, and a flight readiness review.
Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be hailing the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket “space taxi” in a 19 hours trip to the space station.
According to NASA: Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla , has added his own flair to the SpaceX launch. Behnken and Hurley will ride a Tesla Model X to the Falcon 9 rocket that will take them to the space station. While in space, the astronauts’ main objectives will be to check the capsule’s systems. But beyond that, things are less certain. NASA has said the mission could run anywhere from one month to the end of September, and a decision will come when the astronauts are on orbit. The Crew Dragon is capable of staying on orbit for 210 days.
NASA awarded Boeing a $4.2 billion contract and SpaceX a $2.6 billion contract in 2014, to develop space taxis for missions to the space station and end its reliance on Russia’s Soyuz capsules. Time for NASA to harvest.
Are you guys super pumped as much as we at Frunkla are? 😀
What we have learnt from SpaceX success is to Never Ever Give up on your dreams. SpaceX success has been a wild ride that began with epic failures and the threat of bankruptcy.
Congratulations in advance to Elon Musk