Crew Dragon 2020

Will SpaceX send astronauts to space in 2020

2020 could be the first time that SpaceX launches a crew of NASA astronauts into space aboard Crew Dragon. This, of course, would make NASA happy, since they have been relying on Russia and its Soyuz spacecraft.
Back in March of 2019 things were looking pretty good for SpaceX with a flawless test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. But just a month later the capsule exploded during a thruster test. Not good.
Since then, SpaceX has moved closer to getting some humans into space by successfully testing a new parachute design. After that a test of an in-flight abort test of the Dragon’s launch escape system. So, if that all goes well, we may see SpaceX become the first private company to launch astronauts into space. I would imagine this would take place later this year.

Starship Success

I love the look of SpaceX’s shiny Starship. To me, it looks like a rocket out of 1950’s sci-fi film. But it’s not sci-fi, as it could realistically one-day ferry humans to and from the Moon and Mars.

But there’s a long way to go until all of that happens.

In 2019 the prototype “Starhopper” had a couple of successful liftoffs – 20 and 150 meters. This has led to SpaceX working on a bigger and better model, which will take a lot of testing before any cargo, let alone humans are lifted off into space aboard it.

According to Paul Wooster, the principal Mars development engineer at SpaceX, the company has worked for over four years on optimizing the vehicle, now known as SN1, and things are starting to take shape.

Elon Musk spent the day before and after Christmas working on the pressurized fuel tank domes for the SN1. He has stated that he would like to get a flight-worthy model to the launch pad near Boca Chica Beach in South Texas in the next few months. 

2020 could be a big year for SpaceX.
Source: Ars Technica

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