Today, SpaceX’s Resilience shuttle launched, carrying 4 astronauts to the International Space Station. The four astronauts on the flight are Michael S. Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Victor J. Glover, and Soichi Noguchi. This marks SpaceX’s process in becoming a commercial space travel company. This sets a new precedent for space transportation especially as a profitable industry.
This is the first of NASA’s operational flights of the Crew Dragon(reusable spacecraft by SpaceX). This paves the way for future space travel by SpaceX, one of Elon Musk’s main goals with the company. Since the Endeavour launch, NASA had been relying on Russian rocket transportation, with costly side effects at $90 million for a seat. The development of SpaceX into a commercial space travel company will make these costs much lower for NASA, which is what they hope for.
Additionally, the ISS crew will be gaining some diversity. Victor J. Glover will be the first Black astronaut on the ISS and will spend six months aboard. While aboard, the crew will oversee experiments, perform maintenance and obviously make many observations.