The First Astronauts Can Fly on the ISS in the Dragon Ship in Early 2020
SpaceX may launch US astronauts to the International Space Station next year if Dragon capsule tests are successful. NASA administrator Jim Bridensen made such a statement on his Twitter. “If everything goes according to plan, then we can launch the device in the first quarter of next year. But remember, and this is the most important, there are still many problems that we must solve to ensure the safety of our astronauts” - Bridensen said. The capsule was supposed to provide transportation of astronauts to the space station for the first time since the end of the American Space Shuttle program in 2011. Since the completion of this program, NASA has had to rely on Russia to transport astronauts to and from the space station at a cost of $8.5 million per seat. Now the agency is counting on SpaceX and Boeing to complete this task.