On May 27, 2020, SpaceX and NASA are planning to launch the SpaceX Demo-2 mission for its own Crew Dragon spacecraft. It will be the first American astronaut mission for SpaceX. SpaceX is founded in 2002 by Tesla creator, Elon Musk. His hopes are to use the program to have human colonization of Mars in the future. Two astronauts will pilot the mission — Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken — which, if successful, will last three months. The cost of this mission is near a staggering $8 billion venture, and it is hoped that this mission marks the first time that SpaceX has ever put a human in space.
The crew will travel to the International Space Station, where they are expected to stay for more than 100 days. As this is also NASA’s first shuttle mission since 2011, the readiness review for the journey will be given today if all goes to plan. SpaceX has had significant success in the past with the launch of 60 satellites for its Starlink program. The mission’s astronauts have entered a strict final quarantine before launch, and they are in final preparations for the ambitious May 27 launch. One of the mission’s most significant measures is to ensure that no one involved has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.
With this groundbreaking mission, it is hoped that SpaceX can hit the ground running with an extensive, constantly evolving list of innovations for not only space travel, but the world. It is certainly true today that technology knows no bounds. We at Lenox Laser would like to wish SpaceX the absolute best of luck with this endeavor. The world cheers you on. To read more about this mission, please go to SpaceX’s website.