SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Tweeted on Sunday a simulation video showing the company’s Crew Dragon craft launching atop a Falcon 9 rocket, docking with the International Space Station and then returning to Earth for a soft, parachute landing. The Crew Dragon craft should be physically ready and at Cape Canaveral in February, but completing all safety reviews will probably take a few additional months. Read more for the clip and additional information.
NASA chose Boeing and SpaceX to develop new spacecraft to access orbit as part of its commercial crew program, but unfortunately, both companies (Dragon and Starliner respectively) have run into a few issues, thus lagging behind schedule. Most recently, an uncrewed Starliner dry run failed to reach the ISS earlier this month due to it being off orbit.