(ORDO NEWS) — For space tourists and anyone who wants to become one, there is interesting news: according to a Reuters report , there will be no new Crew Dragon yet.
SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell told the news agency that the company’s fourth space capsule to carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) is nearing completion.
The company continues to make parts because the capsules have to be repaired after every flight in Florida.
“We can build more capsules later if it really becomes necessary. But the key to success is missile fleet management,” says Shotwell.
Crew Dragon will take people to the ISS
On April 3, Spanish-American astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria will fly to the ISS as commander along with three other astronauts in Crew Dragon.
The launch will take place from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and will be hosted by the private space company Axiom in collaboration with the US space agency NASA.
The crew wants to stay on the ISS for about a week and meet, among other things, German astronaut Matthias Maurer, who has been there since November.
As Shotwell went on to say, there are many more spaceflights planned, but they want to accommodate no more than four people on board.
SpaceX, which still has a contract with NASA, plans to ferry crews to and from the space station every six months in four Endeavor, Resilience, Endurance and Freedom space capsules.
In February, NASA ordered the company three more manned flights to the ISS to be completed with the Crew Dragon.
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