In it’s mission to launch crews to the ISS (International Space Station) from the grounds of US, SpaceX has passed it’s first milestone through a contract with the space agency NASA.
NASA announced about the approval of this milestone on 19th of this month, that entails SpaceX explaining its “current design baseline” to NASA. It will include all the details of the Crew Dragon spacecraft of company and Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket which will be constructed, launched, landed and carry out the recovery of the crew.
The manager of the Commercial Crew Program of the agency, states that the milestone sets the pace for more and more work that’s coming. The primary goal of the contracts is to dismiss reliance of United States on Russia for getting crew members into the International Space Station while increasing the size of the crew inside the station. It will help more research to be done in the microgravity laboratory of the space station.
This specific milestone mission ends with the Certification Baseline Review and provided a baseline review of the plans to develop and produce the crewed variant of the successful Dragon Spacecraft of SpaceX
Lueders said, “This milestone sets the pace for the rigorous work ahead as SpaceX meets the certification requirements outlined in our contract. It is very exciting to see SpaceX’s proposed path to certification, including a flight test phase and completion of the system development”.
Falcon 9 of SpaceX had a very successful track record- no major failures in 13 flights.
The Chief Designer and CEO of the company, Elon Musk, said that his long-term goal was to actually make the red planet habitable for humans.