The American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services SpaceX will realize the dreams of mankind by sending in 2018 two private citizens a trip around the moon and back to earth, this announced SpaceX yesterday on their website.
To see if the bodies of the citizens can withstand the long-term anti-gravity, and other effects caused by prolonged space travel — the private travelers are required to undergo a health and fitness test and they get basic training, also, psychological tests are carried out. If the tests are positive they are allowed to go into space. This procedure will be executed this year.
NASA is part of this space project. The space agency NASA has financially supported SpaceX. Therefore, SpaceX shows, for this reason, its gratitude.
“Most importantly, we would like to thank NASA, without whom this would not be possible. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which provided most of the funding for Dragon 2 development, is a key enabler for this mission,” says Spacex.
According to the space website, Space.com NASA has funded up to $75 million.
Later this year, SpaceX will launch the unmanned Dragon version 2 into space as part of NASA’s commercial crew program. This mission is in fully automatic mode. In the second quarter 2018, SpaceX will conduct a manned mission. SpaceX is contracted with NASA to help them twice a year with their missions. The spacecraft will carry cargo and one crew to the International Space Station, saving the government a lot of costs.
SpaceX is currently contracted to perform an average of four Dragon 2 missions to the ISS per year, three carrying cargo and one carrying crew. By also flying privately crewed missions, which NASA has encouraged, long-term costs to the government decline and more flight reliability history is gained, benefiting both government and private missions.
The manned mission that will orbit the Dragon V2 around the moon and back to Earth will start at Kennedy Space Center’s pad 39A near historic Cape Canaveral — the same launch platform for the Apollo moon missions. For the first time in 45 years they are going to the moon faster and safer.