The historic space flight, which will be the first to leave US soil since 2011, will be staffed by astronauts from the American space agency Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley. They will travel aboard the Crew Dragon capsule, powered by the Falcon 9 rocket, and are due to arrive at the Station the next day.
The release for the SpaceX launch came after many meetings between NASA and the Musk team in recent days. During the meetings, several technical issues that could result in flight problems were discussed, such as the Crew Dragon parachute, the subject of numerous tests in recent years, and the explosion of the capsule in a test last year.
After all the reviews, the agency concluded that the risks were manageable, giving clearance for takeoff to occur, even though there were still some minor adjustments to make, in a short time.
If the SpaceX mission is successful, the U.S. will achieve its goal of no longer needing to buy seats on Russia’s Soyuz rockets to give its astronauts a ride to the space station.
In recent years, the United States has spent billions of dollars on SpaceX and Boeing in an attempt to regain the ability to send astronauts into space.