Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launches spacecraft designed for astronauts — Crew Dragon

LIFT OFF California's SpaceX firm has carried out a demonstration of a new rocket

"I proudly congratulate the SpaceX and NASA teams for this major milestone in our nation's space history".

While no people were on board, the flight represents a significant step for NASA. But over the longer haul, Musk said, he'd like to open Crew Dragon to space tourists as well. And if all goes well, a flight with humans could happen as soon as this year.

In a risky experiment, NASA years ago made a decision to outsource transportation to what's known as low Earth orbit to the private sector.

The uncrewed flight, or Demo-1 mission, will provide SpaceX the chance to prove its spacecraft is safe, reliable and ready to carry live astronauts.

The capsule is created to dock and undock automatically with the space station.

Speaking to reporters after the launch, Musk said he was "emotionally exhausted" after the flight, which he said was "super stressful. We have to come back, but so far it's worked. we've passed the riskiest items". "We've launched a lot of Falcon 9 rockets now". But a dummy in a white Space X spacesuits is inside, used to record data as a future reference for a real astronaut aboard. But despite all its successes, the company has yet to fly astronauts. NASA is providing eight billion US dollars for SpaceX and Boeing to build and operate these new systems.

Pakistan army says Indian aircraft cross LoC
The military action comes a week after Pakistan militants killed 42 Indians in a suicide attack . India said 300 militants were killed but Pakistan said there were no casualties.

America's newest capsule for astronauts is rocketing toward the International Space Station on a high-stakes test flight by SpaceX.

SpaceX has made 16 space station deliveries over the past seven years. Provided this demo mission proceeds as planned, the Crew Dragon will have to demonstrate its safety in one more "in-flight abort test", scheduled for later this year. "It's done. Now we're in a position where we can take our time and make sure we get it right".

Among the estimated 5,000 launch spectators at Kennedy were the two NASA astronauts who will strap in as early as July for the second demo, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken.

Between today and March 8, SpaceX will aim to prove the safety and reliability of the Crew Dragon before astronauts can take the helm in June this year.

Crew Dragon capsule, the company's very first vehicle created to carry people to space, is on the verge of flying humans to space, with a critical test flight underway. The response was positive. After opening its nose cone for navigational purposes, Dragon is now spending about 24 hours performing a series of phasing maneuvers to bring it toward the International Space Station, where it will dock at around 6am ET Sunday. That includes interior life-support systems, autonomous docking capability, an integrated launch escape system, and solar panels built into the spacecraft itself.

"We're only partway through the mission", Musk said. But those concerns have been alleviated, NASA officials said this week. After the shuttle programme was shuttered in July 2011 following a 30-year run, Nasa began outsourcing the logistics of its space missions. "This vehicle coming up to the ISS for the first time has to work".

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