SpaceX will launch its next manned spaceflight mission to the International Space Station for ISS upgrades, and to conduct microgravity organic growing experiments.
Last year marked a historical event, as SpaceX became the first privately owned company to launch humans into space. It was the Demo-2 mission, which carried Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken into orbit above the Earth.
Now, SpaceX will undergo its third manned mission, called Crew 2, transporting astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Akihiko Hoshide and Thomas Pesquet to the ISS.
Unlike more traditional missions, SpaceX has marked a new era of spaceflight by introducing reusable commercial spacecraft. However, it is still very early days, as this will be only the third time this spacecraft has been used.
This mission will serve as highly beneficial to SpaceX, as a lot more data will be captured by this mission to help improve its rocketry technology. It will also help other international space agencies such as NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA and CSA who own the ISS.
The four astronauts aboard this flight will conduct upgrades to the ISS, which includes upgrading the ISS solar arrays to increase the stations total power from 160 kW to 215kW. They will also undertake science experiments, which include ultrasound testing and growing cotton in microgravity.
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