CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida: NASA gave its final go-ahead on Friday
to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX company to conduct
its first unmanned test flight of a newly designed crew capsule to
the International Space Station on March 2.
The approval cleared a key hurdle for SpaceX in its quest to help
NASA revive America’s human spaceflight program, stalled since
space shuttle missions came to an end in 2011.
NASA has awarded SpaceX $2.6 billion, and aerospace rival Boeing
Co. $4.2 billion to build separate rocket and capsule launch
systems to carry US astronauts to and from the space station, an
orbital research laboratory that flies 250 miles (402 km) above
“Following a full day of briefings and discussion, NASA and
SpaceX are proceeding with plans to conduct the first uncrewed test
flight of the Crew Dragon on a mission to the International Space
Station,” NASA said in a statement announcing its decision.
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NASA clears SpaceX test flight to space station