To the anniversary of the first unmanned flightCrew Dragon spacecraft created by SpaceX, prepared a video with fragments of the most impressive moments of the program Demo-1. In the short film, the most spectacular video frames were selected, allowing viewers to feel the solemn atmosphere of the first test flight of the brainchild of Ilon Mask.
Currently, developers, engineers andSpaceX engineers, together with NASA specialists, began the final stage of preparation for the first manned flight of the Crew Dragon, during the implementation of the Demo-2 program. The preliminary launch date for the ship with a crew of two astronauts Robert Benken and Douglas Hurley is scheduled for May 7, 2020. However, this date may be rescheduled. SpaceX has been implementing the process of preparing for a manned flight for 8 years.
One of Crew Dragon’s important development goalsthe NASA Commercial Crew Program is the delivery of astronauts aboard the International Space Station, which for many years has been carried out exclusively by Russian Soyuz spacecraft. An important fact of the transition from Roscosmos to SpaceX is the economic component: the delivery of one astronaut on Soyuz spacecraft costs NASA $ 80 billion per seat, while the company Ilona Mask, according to preliminary data, will demand a price four times lower - $ 20 million. In the future, the price of SpaceX may decrease due to the repeated use of Crew Dragon.