SpaceX will launch its unmanned module from Cape Canaveral, Florida, later today at 7.48am GMT (2.48am EST). The SpaceX rocket launch marks the first time a commercially built spacecraft designed for human travel will dock with the International Space Station (ISS). The launch comes nine years after NASA invested about £38million ($50million) into its Commercial Crew Program. Between today and March 8, SpaceX will aim to prove the safety and reliability of the Crew Dragon before astronauts can take the helm in June this year.
NASA’s Steve Stich, deputy manager of the Commercial Crew Program, said: “It’s time to fly the SpaceX Demo-1 mission.