FILE PHOTO: SpaceX headquarters are shown in Hawthorne, California, USA, September 19, 2018. REUTERS / Mike Blake
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA gave his final tour on Friday to SpaceX Elon Musk, a billionaire entrepreneur, to run his first unmanned test flight from a new crew capsule to the International Space Station on March 2.
The key obstacle approval for SpaceX in its attempt to help NASA regenerate the American Spaceflight program has been removed as space shuttle sheets expire in 2011.
NASA has awarded $ 2.6 billion SpaceX, and an innovative £ 4.2 billion Boeing Co. is $ 11.2 billion to create separate rocket and capsule launch systems to carry US astronauts to space station , an orbital research laboratory that flies 250 miles (402 km) above Earth.
"Following a full day of briefing and discussion sessions, NASA and SpaceX are taking forward plans to run the Dragon Crew's first test flight on a mission to the International Space Station," said NASA in a statement announcing its decision.
Report by Joey Roulette in Cape Canaveral, Florida; Additional writing and reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Edited by Bill Tarrant and Tom Brown