The Crew Dragon capsule has gone through an arduous development process
American space agency (Nasa) astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will create a piece of history on Wednesday when they launch from the Florida coast.
The pair’s trip to the International Space Station (ISS) will be made in a rocket and capsule system provided by a private company, SpaceX.
Nasa has traditionally always owned and operated its space vehicles.
But that is a capability it gave up in 2011 when it retired the last of the space shuttles.
The agency now wants to contract out all future crew transportation to low-Earth orbit to the commercial sector.
And assuming Wednesday’s flight goes well, this new way of working will be implemented in full.
“We’re starting a new era in space; it’s an