Manned flight to space station is on track, says SpaceX

The astronauts' presence augurs a significant point in the future of SpaceX, founded by Musk in 2002 with the goal of making space accessible to large numbers of people, and eventually colonising Mars.

SpaceX will swiftly carry the Dragon capsule to safety in the event of an in-flight mishap with the Falcon 9 rocket.

A test model of the Crew Dragon was presented to members of the media at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Monday, August 13.

The mockup model gives a good idea of what the completed spacecraft should look like by the end of the year.

Crew Dragon astronauts won't do much active flying, if all goes according to plan; the capsule is created to be fully autonomous, and the first backup is mission control on Earth. Out of lal four, Glover is the only rookie astronaut on the team.

The empty metal husk is seen lined with all sorts of wiring and equipment crucial to the spacecraft's survival in space.

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The mockup capsule is identical to the one that will be used by astronauts to fly towards the ISS. From left to right: SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell; astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, who will fly the first crewed test mission of the capsule; astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover, who will fly the first operational Crew Dragon mission; former NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, SpaceX's senior advisor for human spaceflight; and SpaceX director of crew mission management Benji Reed.

"Being able to fly a first flight of a vehicle as a test pilot is once-in-a-generational type of opportunity", said Hurley.

"We take that job very seriously".

SpaceX will conduct a demonstration mission-Demo-1. It obviously puts in motion the escape system which pulls the spacecraft away from the rocket in case of emergency. It must be pulled, then twisted.

SpaceX and Boeing are shooting for a test flight of their capsules by the end of this year or early next, with the first crews flying from Cape Canaveral, Florida, by next spring or summer.

NASA launched program in 2010 to replace its (now-retired) space shuttle fleet with privately developed American spacecraft - and stop paying Russian Federation more and more money to fly astronauts to the International Space Station. "I hope I am not proven to be a liar on this one".

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