Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, celebrated with great passion after his company successfully launched NASA astronauts into space for the first time yesterday Saturday, when Musk said at a post-launch press conference at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida: “You have really overcome the emotions in this Today, so it’s hard to talk frankly. “
“It has been 18 years since we worked to achieve this goal, so it is hard to believe that this will happen,” Musk said.
Mask’s comments came a few hours after the Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX was launched from the center’s historic 39A launch complex, which carries a Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.
SpaceX has become the first private company to launch NASA astronauts, by successfully launching the new Crow Dragon spacecraft with astronauts on board for the first time.
The manned pilot flight, called Demo-2, is also the first launch of a US crew since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.
Elon Musk during the launch
SpaceX and Boeing were also chosen for NASA’s commercial crew program, so that they could dispense with their reliance on Russias Soyuz to fly astronauts after work through the shuttle program.
“I think this is a particularly important thing in the United States, but it appeals to everyone around the world who has a spirit of exploration,” Musk said. “This is something I think humanity should be eager to be proud of happening on this day.”
Elon after the launch
If all goes well with the Demo-2 test flight, SpaceX will soon start launching astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA as well as other space agencies and private companies.
The first crew mission called Crew-1 to the International Space Station could begin as early as August 30, with three NASA astronauts and a Japan Aerospace Agency pilot aboard the spacecraft.