SpaceX launch: Striking pictures show moment Crew Dragon separates from Falcon 9

The completion of this in-flight abort test is the final hurdle SpaceX had to overcome before cutting-edge space company can start planning to launch their first crewed mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Elon Musk has previously announced the first astronauts to fly to space aboard Crew Dragon could make its inaugural flight in a matter of months.

Referring to the Spring timetable, Mr Musk said: ”We’re highly confident that the hardware will be ready in Q1, most likely end of February but no later than March.

“And we think it appears probable that the first crewed launch would occur in the second quarter.”

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