Washington, A spacecraft built by SpaceX is
scheduled to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) in the
second stage of a critical test of the private company’s technology.
The self-guided SpaceX Crew Dragon launched on Saturday on
board a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in
The crewless mission, called Demo-1, is SpaceX’s chance to
show it can build a spaceship that can carry humans. Its missions so
far have involved shuttling cargo to the ISS.
The program aims to end the dependence of US astronauts on
the Russian space program to travel to the International Space Station.
The target date for SpaceX to carry NASA astronauts to the
International Space Station is next July.
Source: Oman News Agency