A beautiful photo! SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon, which will carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) is on the launchpad with the new astronaut walkway ahead of the first major test flight.
The first test flight will be uncrewed. The first crewed flight of Dragon 2 crew capsule is planned for January 27, 2019, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The spacecraft is designed to carry up to seven astronauts to and from the low Earth orbit (LEO). It will launch on the company’s reliable Falcon 9 rocket, like the uncrewed Dragon cargo ship. It will use parachutes to splashdown in the ocean, also like the uncrewed Dragon.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter about the photo that: “Sorry, to be clear, this pic is all real. Nothing rendered.” He also replied to a question asking if there will be cameras on the walkway by saying, “Yes, will be extremely intense. Early flights are especially dangerous, as there’s a lot of new hardware.”
SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship is a crewed version of the company’s robotic Dragon cargo ships that have been flying since 2010. NASA is using it for resupply missions to the ISS since 2012.
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