SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, stated last month that the first crewed mission of the company will take place in the second quarter of 2020.
As per the latest reports by Engadget, the first SpaceX crewed flight is scheduled to take off on May 7, 2020. However, the launch date is not officially finalized; it can be scheduled earlier or later than the mentioned date.
Previously, SpaceX achieved a milestone by launching an unmanned crew capsule in the orbit. Recently, the company also demonstrated the launch escape capabilities of the crew dragon. In the test, the capsule got separated from the Falcon 9 rocket and safely descended in the ocean.
A successfully executed crew test will make SpaceX one step closer to conducting commercial flights for NASA. The US space agency NASA called off its Space Shuttle program back in 2011 and has been dependent on Russia’s Soyuz capsules to get Americans to visit the International Space Station.
SpaceX is soon going to see its first successful manned flight that will surely be a great event to witness and it would mark the beginning of a new era. Elon Musk tried to show the masses how the first crewed mission would look like by tweeting a video and mentioning NASA, of course.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 30, 2019
A few days ago, SpaceX launched the fourth batch of Starlink satellites and the company has come halfway in achieving the global internet dream. 400 Starlink satellites are required to provide minimal coverage and SpaceX has already launched 240 satellites.
As soon as SpaceX achieves the minimal coverage target, the global internet service will be launched officially.