NASA news: SpaceX readies for historic first manned Crew Dragon launch set for May 27

The Elon Musk-owned SpaceX has taken completed a punishing timetable to get to this stage ahead of Boeing.

This forthcoming flight, called Demo-2, while still technically part of the test program, will see NASA’s astronauts visit the orbiting space laboratory for “an extended stay,” with a full duration yet to be determined.

This final manned test is intended to finally validate each aspect of the Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 launch system.

These will range from the pad the rocket launches from, the operational facilities on the ground, orbital systems and astronaut procedures.

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