As we know, 2020 was a fearful and horrible year due to the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. However, things were different for the space enthusiasts since they gave only promising news amid the hardship time. For instance, SpaceX took astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) two times. Also, NASA launched a rover to Mars and obtained a sample from an asteroid that was 200 million miles away. 2021 is likely to be an outstanding year full of good news. The following are some of the things that are likely to happen in 2021:
SpaceX plans to carry astronauts to the International Space Station following two successful flights. Crew-2 is the second fully operational mission, which is scheduled to carry four astronauts from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida in the spring. From there, the company will launch Crew-3.
NASA has not been launching flights to the space station frequently from US soil. SpaceX is expected to fill this gap and be the shuttle’s successor. SpaceX is also planning to launch a mission for Axiom Space, which is a Houston-based company. Axiom Space wants to take four crews to the International Space. Some of the crews would be an Israeli former fighter pilot, Eytan Stibbe, and former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria. Axiom would announce the other two in the near future.
SpaceX will use its Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to fly humans to Space. The company is still in the process of testing its Starship spacecraft, which is a next-generation vehicle that is intended to fly people to Mars. The space agency has given $135 million to finance Starship, hoping that it will take people back to the moon one day. Musk said that they hope to attain orbit in 2021. SpaceX is also planning to flood Earth orbit with many satellites to help connect rural areas to broadband. In 2020, the company began a pilot program where it launched over 16 batches of satellites.
In 2020, the company was trying to fix its Starliner spacecraft’s software that had some issues after reaching Space at the end of 2019 during the uncrewed test flight. At the end of March this year, the company is planning to redo a test mission. Boeing has a contract with NASA for flying its astronauts to the space station. For this to happen, Boeing must prove that its spacecraft can safely fly to Space independently.https://thetrustedchronicle.com/