SpaceX Crew Dragon Spacecraft set for March 2 Maiden Voyage
Following a series of delays and setbacks, SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft is finally set for proper lift-off, with NASA today announcing it is targeting March 2 for the spacecraft's maiden voyage into orbit. Though designed to carry astronauts into space, the flight will be the first in a series of unpiloted tests to take place this year to verify the safety of the vehicle.
The Crew Dragon spacecraft is built from the same blueprint as SpaceX's Dragon capsule, which has been shuttling supplies to the International Space Station since 2012. The cabin, however, is optimized for comfortable human travel rather than cargo, featuring carbon fiber seating finished in Alcantara, climate control and four windows for panoramic views.
By Nick Lavars, NEW ATLAS