SpaceX Wins Formal NASA Approval to Carry Astronauts to International Space Station Written 11 November 2020


Crew-1 mission, currently scheduled to launch 14 Nov. 2020.  | Credit: SpaceX; NASA

Bloomberg reports SpaceX “won formal NASA approval to carry astronauts to the International Space Station, reaching a milestone for a commercial space vehicle three months after completing a crewed test mission.” The certification “enables SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket to begin regular crew rotations to the orbiting lab, with the next flight planned for Nov. 14 with four astronauts.” NASA “granted final approval after a two-day flight readiness review that concluded Tuesday, making the SpaceX vehicles the first that the U.S. agency has rated for humans since the Space Shuttle.”
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