The first commercial space system for delivering crews to the ISS and back is certified by NASA

The first commercial space system for delivering crews to the ISS and back is certified by NASA

NASA has certified the first ever commercial spacecraft capable of transporting people to and from the International Space Station. We are talking about the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon spacecraft. The certification was completed after a thorough flight readiness check ahead of SpaceX Crew-1’s flight with astronauts to the space station.

“I am very proud that we are returning regular launches of manned space flights to American soil on American rockets and spaceships,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “This certification phase is an incredible achievement for NASA and SpaceX and highlights the progress we can make in partnership with the commercial industry.”

The spacecraft, rocket, and associated ground systems became the first NASA-certified delivery vehicle for regular flights with astronauts after the Space Shuttle, which was certified nearly 40 years ago.

The certification was preceded by ground testing, simulation, uncrewed flight tests and NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight with two astronauts on board.

The first commercial space system for delivering crews to the ISS and back is certified by NASA

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