Elon Musk has shared his vision for the first time in nearly a decade on how to get astronauts into orbit from the Continental United States after rival Boeing failed to launch a new Starliner spacecraft to the International Space Station,media reported. On Sunday, local time, the SpaceX CEO posted an animation on his Twitter account showing the crew’s crew flying through space.
Astronauts in SpaceX spacesuits were launched on a Falcon 9 rocket, then docked with the International Space Station, eventually returning to Earth after the mission ended and landing on a soft landing.
Musk labeled the mission an “first manned flight simulation of the Falcon 9/2020 spacecraft,” meaning SpaceX could send humans into space for NASA next year, nine years after the shuttle program was launched. NASA has relied on Russian Soyuz spacecraft to transport astronauts since 2011.
Musk also said that by mid-2020, all systems will be ready.