SpaceX is very confident about the next mission of sending its first astronauts into space. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will get ready for a one-of-a-kind journey this spring. Their trip to Crew Dragon spacecraft will reach the first time an American spaceship has transported NASA astronauts since the Space Shuttle project was shut down back in 2011.
Hurley and Behnken’s lunch is supposed to liftoff a new phase of US spaceflight. It will also permit NASA to cease relying on Russian liftoff plans to send astronauts into space. It could turn the two astronauts the first ever to enroll in a commercial spacecraft.
Hurley detailed: “As we got closer to launch, things in the last year have actually been pretty hectic.” Under development, they have performed a series of emergency procedures, worn their new spacesuits, experienced comprehensive and advanced practice the Crew Dragon’s devices, and met with Elon Musk, SpaceX’s CEO.
SpaceX Plans to Break the Record
SpaceX made Crew Dragon spacecraft as part of NASA’s Comercial Crew project, a contest that encouraged other private companies to produce new astronaut-ready spaceship. NASA, on the other hand, picked out Hurley and Behnken to be the first astronauts to enroll in SpaceX’s latest commercial spacecraft.
They could be the first-ever to perform such a mission. NASA made an incredible selection of nine astronauts to lead the first human test flights of its Boeing counterpart, the Crew Dragon, and the CST-100 Starliner. Elon Musk intends to send Hurley and Behnken to the ISS on Crew Dragon’s first human-crewed test flight, dubbed Demo-2, in April, May, or June.
Both astronauts started their careers as military pilots. Hurley, for example, performed 24 years as a test and fighter pilot in the Marine Corps, succeeding in reaching more than 5,500 hours in various aircraft. Behnken started as an Air Force test pilot, logging more than 1,500 hours flying.