SpaceX is ready to send the first astronauts probably by the end of the first half or beginning of the second half. During an interview with CNBC, founder and CEO Elon Musk said, SpaceX will launch its first crewed mission in the second quarter of the year.
The mission will be called Demo-2 and it will be launch sometime between April to June Window, in the current year. The mission will involve two NASA crew members to send to the International Space Station (ISS). He further added spacecraft required for the mission is getting assembled in Florida and will be completed by February or March.
Musk said, “We’re highly confident the hardware will be ready in Q1, most likely in February but no later than March.”
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said, in the same press conference, “This is a great opportunity for us to once again lead. And this time, when we lead, we’re doing it differently than we’ve ever done it before: NASA is going to be a customer.”
NASA is paying SpaceX approximately $55 million per astronaut to fly to the ISS.