Tesla crossovers will deliver astronauts to rockets for sending to the ISSJanuary 22, 2020
The Tesla Model X electric crossover became the official NASA car and replaced the old Astrovan van
The Tesla Model X electric crossover became the official NASA car for delivering astronauts to the launch pad to SpaceX rockets, which will go to the International Space Station (ISS). An electric car of the American brand will replace the old van in the Astrovan retrostyle, which has been used for several decades. About this writes the Associated Press.
Tesla’s chief, Elon Musk, who is also SpaceX’s chief executive, has already used electric cars during preliminary rocket launch tests near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
It was previously reported that SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft should perform demonstration flights under the NASA program called the Commercial Crew Program, which is dedicated to the development of private manned spacecraft and the delivery of people to the ISS. Crew Dragon (also known as Dragon V2) is an upgraded manned version of the reusable Dragon spaceship created by SpaceX for NASA.
At the beginning of 2018, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy launch vehicle with the Tesla Roadster on board, which went to Mars. In the cockpit of an electric vehicle owned by Mask himself, a mannequin was put in a spacesuit.
In addition, Tesla and SpaceX agreed on the joint development of new materials that will be used for both ground and space technology. So, at the end of 2019, the Tesla Cybertruck pickup prototype debuted with a high-strength steel body used in the construction of space rockets. As Musk noted, the material is not afraid of blows with a sledgehammer and shots from firearms. In addition, the head of Tesla said that the pickup was equipped with a special shock-resistant glass, which, however, during the presentation could not withstand hit with an iron ball.
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