Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, said he hoped to deliver the Dragon spacecraft to NASA. by the end of this yea
"If everything goes according to plan, it will be the first quarter of next year," Bredenstein said. According to reports, Bridenstin also stressed NASA's concern about the safety of astronauts, saying, "We will not take any undue risks."
Musk and Brendenstin say they are working together to solve SpaceX's technical problems, including returning to parachutes and propulsion systems.
"designing a parachute is a very difficult engineering task," Musk said. He added that the parachute of the eventually manned Dragon spacecraft would be safer than the Apollo era parachute.
Since the decommissioning of the US space shuttle in 2011, NASA has had to rely on Russian spacecraft to deliver US astronauts at a cost of $85 million per seat. In order to change this situation, NASA strongly supports commercial space flight. In 2014, SpaceX and Boeing were commissioned to build the manned version of the "Dragon" spacecraft and the "Star Airliner" respectively. However, the first flight time of the two spacecraft has been delayed many times since 2017, which was originally planned.
So far, SpaceX has never sent humans into space, carrying only goods.