He said, however, that NASA would continue to purchase additional seats on Russian Soyuz capsules to ensure that American astronauts have access to the space station.
USA company SpaceX successfully tested the emergency escape system on its new passenger spacecraft Sunday, paving the way for flying astronauts into orbit.
Crew Dragon continued its upward trajectory alone reaching an altitude of about 40 kilometers before beginning its natural descent toward the Atlantic.
From the sounds of it, the type of mission will mostly be determined by NASA.
The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off as normal but just over a minute into its supersonic flight, the Dragon crew capsule catapulted off the top 12 miles above the Atlantic.
A successful emergency abandonment test will mark an important victory for SpaceX.
A prosperous in-flight abort analysis of SpaceX's Crew Dragon shuttle January 19 performs it frequently likely that that the spacecraft will be available for a crewed test flight, known as Demo-2 in this spring.
Boeing suffered a setback when its Starliner spacecraft malfunctioned during an orbital test flight in December, and it's not clear when the vehicle will be ready for crewed missions.
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The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft stand ready for launch on Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Musk said he was "super fired up" by the successful test.
"As far as we can tell thus far it was a picture-perfect mission", SpaceX founder Elon Musk told reporters. SpaceX normally tries to recover its boosters to drive down launch costs, landing them upright on a floating platform or back at the launch site.
Recycled from three previous launches, the SpaceX rocket was destroyed as it burst apart in flight and slammed in pieces into the sea.
And he previously conducted a ground test of his emergency stop system, which saw Crew Dragon blow himself up from a launch pad to simulate how he could steer the crew away from a faulty rocket if something goes wrong in the minutes before takeoff. The cylindrical, finned module contains the solar arrays and other gear required to sustain Crew Dragon's taxi flights to the International Space Station for NASA.
A SpaceX official said the company completed the investigation within the last week.
The capsule has already demonstrated that it can fly in orbit and dock independently with the International Space Station: it completed an unmanned demonstration mission in March 2019. SpaceX has worked for the past nine months to resolve this issue and refine the design of the Crew Dragon parachute. Musk and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said the next Crew Dragon could launch with a pair of NASA astronauts in the second quarter of this year - as early as April.
The same website mentioned above notes that Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be traveling to the ISS, and they said that they were really excited to see just how everything was going as planned.