Washington, Aug 15.- The US company SpaceX will carry out its first manned mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in April 2019, which will be made up of four astronauts, digital media published today.
The first test trip will be held in November but without a crew to receive the endorsement of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Before flying, we must ensure that we recover and return these folks safely and that it is a reliable mission, said Gwynne Shotwell, president of the firm.
NASA does not send astronauts on its own into space since 2011 when it closed its space shuttle program after 30 years.
Currently, it is betting on two private companies, Boeing and SpaceX, which are developing the new commercial transport project. In the last seven years, it has depended on Russia to send a crew to the ISS in Soyuz capsules.
Being able to fly, as a first flight, a vehicle as a test pilot is a 'once in a generation' type of opportunity, so obviously I'm very thankful for it, said Dog Hurley, one of the crew members.
The Crew Dragon capsule is located on a blue platform in a room closed by glass walls, located in a workshop of the firm founded by Elon Musk, where other parts of the space project are also being built.
A simulator offers a clearer idea of what the Soyuz-type capsule will be like, which is launched aboard a rocket. Four seats with three screens show the location of the ship with respect to the Earth, the Sun, and the ISS, that is, the evolution of the mission.
Although the operation will be done from Earth, the crew would take control only in case of emergency, says Shotwell.
The company SpaceX hopes to put tourists in orbit in the near future. (Prensa Latina)