The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States plans to send humans into space for the first time in eight years, on a historic flight through the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Before the historic launch, as part of the preparation, the space agency will launch a test flight on January 7, 2019. The announcement comes as the race between Boeing and SpaceX to launch their first manned space missions is heating up. Key points • NASA has announced an updated calendar for the two companies on the way to send astronauts into space from the American soil. • SpaceX will ship its Crew Dragon capsule on its maiden voyage to the International Space Station on January 7. • The SpaceX Crew Dragon can accommodate three astronauts, but it will not be available for its first test flight, which will be launched from the Kennedy Space Center at NASA, Florida. • This flight will be known as Demo-1 (or DM-1). He will undergo a flight abortion test sometime before his first flight with crew in June. • NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first two astronauts to test commercial space flight.

NASA, SpaceX to launch test flight on January 7

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States plans to send humans into space for the first time in eight years, on a historic flight through the SpaceX Crew Dragon.

Before the historic launch, as part of the preparation, the space agency will launch a test flight on January 7, 2019. The announcement comes as the race between Boeing and SpaceX to launch their first manned space missions is heating up.

Key points

• NASA has announced an updated calendar for the two companies on the way to send astronauts into space from the American soil.

• SpaceX will ship its Crew Dragon capsule on its maiden voyage to the International Space Station on January 7.

• The SpaceX Crew Dragon can accommodate three astronauts, but it will not be available for its first test flight, which will be launched from the Kennedy Space Center at NASA, Florida.

• NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first two astronauts to test commercial space flight.

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