SpaceX sends a crew to the ISS
Depending on the success of the uncrewed docking test planned to take place in January, the first crewed test flight of the Dragon 2 capsule, dubbed SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 (SpX-DM2), is
planned to go ahead in June.
It was announced on 3 August that NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley had been selected as the test crew for this mission, the third spaceflight for both men, with Kjell N. Lindgren serving as the backup astronaut. Planned to launch on a Falcon 9 Block 5 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, if kept on schedule this will be the US’s first manned flight since the Space
Shuttle Atlantis mission STS-135 that
launched in July 2011.