Tesla electric cars will bring astronauts to the launch pad to the ISSAugust 28, 2018
Tesla Motors and SpaceX aerospace company, led by Elon Musk, expanded cooperation
Electric crossovers Tesla Model X will deliver the first astronauts to the launch pad Crew Dragon spacecraft company SpaceX. They will perform demonstration flights under the NASA program called the Commercial Crew Program, dedicated to the development of private manned spacecraft and the delivery of people to the International Space Station. This is reported by Electrek.
Crew Dragon (also known as Dragon V2) is a modernized manned version of the reusable spacecraft Dragon, created by SpaceX, commissioned by NASA. The first demonstration launch of the device with the crew is scheduled for November of this year, and the manned flight should take place in the spring of 2019.
Thus, Elon Musk expanded the cooperation between Tesla Motors and the space technology manufacturer SpaceX, whose leader he is. Earlier, the two companies agreed to jointly develop new materials that will be used for both ground and space technology.
In February 2019, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy booster rocket with the electric Tesla Roadster on board, which went to Mars. At the same time, a mannequin in a spacesuit was sitting behind the wheel of the car. The electric car, formerly owned by the Mask itself, was launched into space as a payload for the apparatus.