The company SpaceX is approaching the debut flight of its first spacecraft, which is designed to deliver people into space. For several weeks, various systems were being tested, and now Crew Dragon was taken to Florida, to Cape Canaveral.
The first flight will be without people on board – launching a ship at once with astronauts is too risky. The approximate date of full availability for launch is August 31, after which the SpaceX and NASA will have to select the X day in the window that opens.
Crew Dragon arrived in Florida this week ahead of its first flight after completing thermal vacuum and acoustic testing at @NASA’s Plum Brook Station in Ohio. https://t.co/xXJE8TjcTr pic.twitter.com/lr0P95zzIK
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) 12 July 2018
The US has since 2011 (then shut down the shuttle program) there is no spacecraft capable of delivering people into space. Astronauts on board the ISS since then sent on Russian ships Soyuz.