Netease Science and Technology News on January 21, according to foreign media reports, a spokesman for the US space exploration technology company SpaceX has confirmed that Tesla Model X will become its official vehicle for future manned missions. At the same time, Boeing is said to be sticking with the Airstream van that NASA has been using for decades to bring astronauts to the launch pad.
NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Herley participated in a pre-launch rehearsal for SpaceX to prepare for the upcoming first manned mission, a mission It may happen as soon as April of this year.
The two astronauts wore spacesuits, but instead of riding a traditional space van, they took the stylish white Model X to the launch pad. SpaceX employees sent astronauts to the launch pad, followed by support personnel on another Model X.
NASA spokesman Joshua Santora sees this progress as part of deeper cooperation with SpaceX and Tesla. Both astronauts said they were excited about testing the SpaceX launch escape system, taking a Tesla vehicle, and launching American astronauts again from US territory.
On Sunday, U.S. local time, SpaceX successfully completed its flight suspension (IFA) test for its manned dragonship, which reached an important milestone. During the test, SpaceX deliberately destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket to simulate a scenario from the launch pad to earth orbit failure and to test the launch escape system of the space capsule.
The IFA test is the last important step before a manned spacecraft is allowed to transport American astronauts from Earth to the International Space Station and return.
This successful test proved that SpaceX and its manned spacecraft can safely put astronauts into orbit and ensure their safety in the event of an emergency during the flight.
NASA Commissioner Jim Bridenstine said: “This critical flight test brings us back to our ability to launch American astronauts from the United States with US rockets. Our acquisition of NASA’s” Commercial Astronaut “program I am excited about the progress and look forward to the next milestone of the manned dragonship. “
SpaceX CEO and Chief Engineer Elon Musk had expressed concerns about the success of the supersonic suspension test, but he was satisfied with the results. He said: “So far, the mission has gone as smoothly as one can expect. This reflects the efforts of the SpaceX and NASA teams to achieve this goal. I am so excited, this is great!”