If all goes well and the weather gods cooperate, two American astronauts will fly to the International Space Station in a Crew Dragon capsule from Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX on Wednesday.
Launch America, as the mission was dubbed, is the first launch of Americans from American territory to space in nearly a decade and the first on a commercial basis.
In 2011, the US space agency NASA stabled its last Space Shuttle in the aftermath of the fatal accident involving the Columbia space shuttle on February 1, 2003.
Partly as a result, Democratic President Barack Obama ordered that the private sector receive broader input into NASA. Programs.
As a result, Americans had to rely on Russian Soyuz to fly to and from the ISS since 2011.
One of the commercial players is SpaceX, which in the first place turned the purely commercial launch market upside down with its Falcon launcher.
But Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s company also won NASA freight contracts to and from the ISS with its Dragon capsule. It has now developed a manned version, the Crew Dragon.