SpaceX on track to send astronauts into orbit

SpaceX spacesuit to be worn by NASA astronauts when they travel aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule

The company SpaceX hopes to put tourists in orbit in the near future.

SpaceX allowed a few reporters into its Hawthorne, California headquarters on Monday for close-up looks at a new spaceship and spacesuit for NASA astronauts. The Capsule must be safely carried in case something goes wrong with the Falcon 9 rocket - again, the test will not have astronauts on board.

The Crew Dragon capsule is located on a blue platform in a room closed by glass walls, located in a workshop of the firm founded by Elon Musk, where other parts of the space project are also being built.

The Crew Dragon Spacecraft for Demo-1 will undergo thermal vacuum and acoustic testing at NASA's Plum Brook Station in Ohio.

The empty metal husk is seen lined with all sorts of wiring and equipment crucial to the spacecraft's survival in space.

Crew Dragon astronauts get acquainted with the capsule's touch-screen control system using this cockpit simulator.

"Being able to fly as a first flight a vehicle as a test pilot is a "once in a generation" type of opportunity, so obviously I'm very thankful for it", said Hurley.

"But I would also say that we have a lot of work left to do, and we are in it for the long haul to make this vehicle as great as possible for our friends back in the astronaut office, that maybe haven't even gotten hired yet, but they're going to fly on this vehicle someday".

SpaceX will conduct a demonstration mission-Demo-1.

He said: "One control stood out-a large black and red handle in the middle of the console with EJECT printed in clear white letters above it". SuperDraco engines power Crew Dragon's escape system, which is created to get astronauts out of harm's way during an emergency during launch or any other phase of the trip to orbit. It must be pulled, then twisted.

The event was hosted by Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer at SpaceX, alongside NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who make up the crew of the company's first human mission.

SpaceX and Boeing are shooting for a test flight of their capsules by the end of this year or early next, with the first crews flying from Cape Canaveral, Florida, by next spring or summer.

"I'm overjoyed. This truly is a test pilot's dream and I'm excited about the whole thing", said NASA astronaut Victor Glover.

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