SpaceX, a private space exploration company headed by Elon Musk, will soon be making the first mission in its history with a crew composed of NASA astronauts.
The date was confirmed by Jim Bridenstine, administrator of the space agency, who posted the information on Twitter.
According to Bridenstine, the mission will take place on May 27, 2020. The selected astronauts are Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, who will be on the SpaceX Crew Dragon module and will take off from a Falcon 9 rocket. The destination is the International Space Station (ISS), on a mission with no defined duration.
This is the first time since 2011 that the Americans will make a launch involving human crew on US soil. The takeoff will take place at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Previously, NASA and SpaceX performed several tests to define the feasibility of transporting people in the company’s module. But the relationship between the two is old, with a series of contracts for sending satellites into space and delivering cargo to the ISS. The success of the operation, which is called Demo-2, can benefit Musk’s company and make it receive even more demands for long-term missions in space.