Trump says may attend SpaceX manned rocket launch

  • Trump says may attend SpaceX manned rocket launch

Trump says may attend SpaceX manned rocket launch

When SpaceXand NASA launch astronauts into orbit on an American rocket from US soil for the first time since 2011 next week, President Donald Trump just might be there.

Behnken and Hurley are already at the Kennedy Space Center, and, on Thursday, NASA and SpaceX participated in a Flight Readiness Review in which they had thorough discussions about the requirements for the Demo-2 flight test. Bob Behnken will travel aboard the SpaceX crew Dragon capsule aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. They will also make history as the first astronauts to go into space in a privately-funded spacecraft.

The launch will take place next Friday and will be the first manned launch in the United States since the last space shuttle flight in 2011.

Behnken called it "an opportunity but also a responsibility for the American people, for the SpaceX team, for all of NASA".

They are to dock at the International Space Station, which is now housing two Russians and one American. Only one American, Chris Cassidy, is there now.

U.S. astronauts have been flying to the ISS on Russian Soyuz rockets since the space shuttle program ended in 2011.