National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) has announced administrator Jim Bridenstine toured the California-based SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Thursday, October 10, to see the progress the company is making to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station, the administration said.
The administrator will determine progress from American soil as part of the agency´s Commercial Crew Program.
SpaceX will carry NASA astronauts to the space station on the company´s Crew Dragon spacecraft, and help return the ability to fly American astronauts on American rockets and spacecraft from American soil. This is an important step toward sending the first woman and the next man to the Moon by 2024, as part of NASA´s Artemis program.
In March, SpaceX completed Crew Dragon´s first demonstration mission, Demo-1, sending the uncrewed spacecraft to and from the International Space Station. NASA and SpaceX currently are preparing for an upcoming in-flight abort test of Crew Dragon´s launch escape system and the company´s second demonstration mission, Demo-2, which will send NASA astronauts to and from the station aboard Crew Dragon.