Space enthusiasts already know everything about the Falcon 9. The rocket had several missions already, and it was used to launch various objects, including a moon lander that was launched recently. Nonetheless, the Falcon 9 won’t stop here, and other important missions are already planned.
SpaceX is planning to launch the Crew Dragon capsule really soon, and, if things work the way they should, this should be a historical achievement. NASA also offered its approval for this mission, and this was also announced on Twitter:
#CrewDragon is a ‘go’ for launch! ? Today at @NASAKennedy, we held a flight readiness review for the March 2 liftoff of @SpaceX Demo-1. Before every launch, teams meet to review the work to be ready for flight. Watch NASA TV at 6pm ET for the latest news: https://t.co/kFnoUyWTAd pic.twitter.com/Ov8cXiE70m
— NASA (@NASA) February 22, 2019
Elon Musk also confirmed that a new launch will take place in April: “Highest re-entry heating to date. Burning metal sparks from base heat shield visible in landing video. Fourth relight scheduled for April,” tweeted Musk on Thursday night.
While Falcon 9 made history in the past, this mission could be its last one. The rocket already went through several launches, but this one could be the end for it. “High probability of this particular rocket getting destroyed by Dragon supersonic abort test. Otherwise, at least 20 or 30 missions for Falcon 9. Starship will take over before the F9 fleet reaches end of life,” tweeted Elon Musk.
So why is this launch so important, you might ask yourself. Well, if things work the way they should, in the future SpaceX could launch astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time. The upcoming mission will be an unscrewed one, but astronauts could be sent to space as well in the future.
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