The vision for humanity to live in space yet again received a significant boost with the recent launch of SpaceX’s crewed spaceflight. SpaceX’s project brings the beginning of a new age of human spaceflight.
NASA’s Apollo moon missions, which were successful, places planet Mars within the grasp of human explorers. The space agency initially scheduled to have its boots on Mars by the early 1980s. However, political and social instability suppressed the actualization of the idea.
In 1989, President George H. W. Bush made a press statement regarding the Space Exploration Initiative aimed at sending astronauts to the moon by the late 1990s. After a successful drop on mars, the project also planned to head further and have a Mars landing by 2010. President George W. Bush instigated the return of the lunar crew through a program called Constellation. The project, outlined in 2004, was terminated by the regime that ascended into power.
In this regard, space enthusiasts received the monumental announcement by SpaceX to launch on May 30, with many misbeliefs.
The Demo-2’s mission to the International Space Station is the first orbital human spaceflight to depart from American land. This take-off is a big deal ever since NASA retired its space shuttle fleet back in 2011.
Demo-2 is only a test flight aimed at fully validating SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket for crewed missions to the International Space Station. The company has secured a $2.6 billion NASA contract to conduct six operational flights similar to Demo-2. The company anticipates launching the first of these flights by late August, based on the success of Demo-2.
SpaceX is an extremely enthusiastic company that achieves great milestones to be the final frontier in space exploration. The company has been piloting robotic cargo flights to International Space Station for NASA since 2012. Going by this report, there is very little doubt about SpaceX’s credibility to fulfill NASA’s contract.
Elon Musk emphasizes that he founded SpaceX to assist the human race in subjugation of planet Mars primarily. The company is currently building and testing prototypes of its space voyager, the Starship. This venture aims to realize the vision of occupying the Red Planet one day. On the other hand, Blue Origin owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos plans to help get millions of people living and working in space.
Blue Origin is a spaceflight corporation which has frequently aimed to reach space using its suborbital vehicles called New Shepard. To date, these voyages have been crewless. However, the company plans to have the New Shepard launched as crewed vessels henceforth.
Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson has already flown two piloted missions in suborbital space using its newest SpaceShipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity. The company is in the final phases of its test campaign. It looks forward to commencing space travel for tourists aboard the six-passenger Unity soon.