SpaceX to Launch First Private Craft to Space Station—Next Stop: Mars?
The SpaceX Dragon capsule is almost ready to become the first private spacecraft to visit the International Space Station (ISS), NASA and SpaceX officials announced today.
Following what’s known as a flight-readiness review, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, aka SpaceX, is so far on course to launch the reusable Dragon aboard the firm’s Falcon 9 rocket later this month, NASA said at a Monday press briefing.
But SpaceX founder Elon Musk already has his eyes on a bigger prize: putting people on Mars as quickly as possible.
According to Musk, all SpaceX ventures—including the Dragon mission—are being designed to advance this ambitious larger goal.
“I’m a big believer in humanity becoming a multiplanetary species,” Musk said.
“At SpaceX our goal is to keep pushing innovations in rocketry and scaling things up to get to a point where we can allow people to basically move to Mars.”