Musk, founder of SpaceX, a Us space exploration technology company, said he would not launch a manned Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station in February next year because it would take months to assess flight safety, Russian satellite news reported. In early December, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwen Shortwell announced that the manned Dragon spacecraft would be launched in February next year, the report said.
“The manned Dragon spacecraft should be ready for launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida, in February, but it could take months to complete the security check,” Musk wrote on social media on December 30.
Musk said it could take months for the manned Dragon spacecraft to complete its security checks (pictured from Musk’s social media). )
Since the U.S. stopped its space shuttle program in 2011, it has been using the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to send astronauts to the International Space Station. The United States is currently developing a new manned spacecraft, the Manned Dragon of Space Exploration Technologies and the Starliner of Boeing.
The manned Dragon spacecraft completed its first unmanned test flight in March 2019. Rogozin, president of the Russian Aerospace Corporation, said in October 2019 that the manned Dragon spacecraft and the Starliner would be launched for the first time in 2020.