NASA has officially certified SpaceX for operational spaceflight

It is almost a detail on the whole, and yet the announcement is nothing short of historical. NASA has officially certified SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and the Falcon 9 rocket for the agency’s next space missions, including transporting astronauts to the ISS. This is the first time since … the American space shuttle 40 years ago that NASA has certified this type of space “means of transport”!

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine obviously welcomed the agreement: “This certification step is an incredible achievement for NASA and SpaceX, which highlights the progress we can make by working with industry. commercial “. The next (already crucial) step in this collaboration between NASA and SpaceX, the Crew Dragon’s first official commercial mission. On Saturday November 14th, NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker as well JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi board the Dragon crew to join the International Space Station.

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