The aerospace giant Boeing already has a contract with NASA to do so.More news: Ontario health sees slight uptick in positive COVID-19 cases
The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley had lifted off at 3:22 pm EDT Saturday (12:52am IST Sunday) atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The launch was set for earlier last week but had to be postponed due to bad weather.
Moreover, it enabled NASA to deliver its astronauts to space for the first time in nine years, having previously had to rely on Russian Soyuz craft.
SpaceX has said its launch is a "turning point for America's future in space exploration" that could propel missions to "the moon, Mars and beyond".More news: Jeremiah Ellison, Son of Minnesota AG Keith, Declares ‘Support for Antifa’
After that, Musk said: "The trampoline is working", and laughed together with the head of NASA.
Crew Dragon is expected to remain docked with the ISS for at least a month, and while the exact length of its stay is yet to be decided, the spacecraft used for Demo-2 is capable of remaining in orbit for 110 days.
So far, the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule - which the astronauts named Endeavour - appears to have performed flawlessly, docking with the ISS at 1:02 p.m. ET Sunday.More news: China Threatens to Retaliate Against US Over Hong Kong
SpaceX had been planning to move onto low-altitude flight tests for this Starship in June after receiving a licence from the Federal Aviation Administration for "suborbital reusable launch vehicle missions" from its Boca Chica site in Texas.