Tesla Model X has become the new official vehicle to transport NASA astronauts on the upcoming SpaceX missions to the International Space Station.
Update: May 13, 2020
You can read the original post about the announcement below, but NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has now released a series of pictures of the Tesla Model X that is going to be used for the upcoming missions:
Here’s some Tesla news that everyone should love. Check out the Model X that will carry astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the launchpad for the Demo-2 mission!
Here’s NASA’s Tesla Model X:
The mission is currently set for May 27.
Original Post: January 20, 2020
SpaceX has recently conducted a series of tests to prepare for the first official launch of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, which is going to bring astronauts to the International Space Station.
As part of the process, there has to be an official vehicle bringing the astronauts to the launchpad.
The Tesla Model X has been rumored to take that role due to its use by SpaceX around the Kennedy Space Center.
Elon Musk, who also runs both SpaceX and the electric car company, used Teslas to get around Kennedy Space Center for Sunday’s launch escape test. No one was aboard for the test flight, just two mannequins. But during a launch dress rehearsal Friday, the two NASA astronauts assigned to the first SpaceX crew got a lift to the pad in a Tesla Model X.
They released this picture of the dress rehearsal:
Now SpaceX has confirmed that they will use the Model X as the official vehicle for the first crew missions:
A SpaceX spokesman confirmed Sunday that this will be the transport for crew missions moving forward. The first SpaceX crew launch, with Hurley and Behnken, could occur as soon as April.
For decades, NASA had previously used the shiny Astro van:
Boeing, which is the other provider contracted by NASA to bring astronauts to the space station, is planning to use a similar vehicle to bring the astronauts to the launch pad.
SpaceX’s first crew mission with astronauts could happen as soon as April and bring back the ability to send astronauts in space in the US in years.
Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken are going to be the first astronauts to travel in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, and they will get there in a Tesla Model X.
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