NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, NASA’s second generation space shuttle astronaut Mark Vande Hei, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk are set to take on the Red Planet for the first time.
On Sunday, NASA will begin a three-day test of its long-awaited Mars rover to explore the site of ancient volcanoes, as well as test out its first spacecraft, the Space Launch System, and launch the Space Exploration Technologies Vehicle (SES-VI), the agency announced.
The first test of the SES-V is scheduled for September 23, 2019, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The rocket is expected to launch aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The rocket is the first test flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket, which will be used to send a payload of astronauts into orbit on SpaceX’s next-generation Falcon 9 Heavy rocket.
The launch will be SpaceX’s second mission of the decade, and its fifth since the launch of a Space Launch Antares rocket in December 2018.NASA is building an orbital test facility at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida to test out the launch vehicle.
It is one of three NASA sites in Florida where SpaceX has launched rockets for NASA.NASA plans to conduct a similar test of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule in the future.
SpaceX is building the Dragon spacecraft that will be able to launch astronauts to the International Space Station and beyond.
It will carry up to 10 astronauts.
In 2018, SpaceX and the U.S. government launched an uncrewed Falcon 9 booster into space, the first Falcon 9 mission to reach orbit.
It was powered by the company’s Falcon Heavy rockets, but NASA’s Atlas V rocket carried the first two astronauts into space.
In November 2018, NASA signed a contract with SpaceX to launch the Orion spacecraft, a spacecraft that NASA has said could be used in space to carry humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.
In August 2018, the space agency announced that the first SpaceX cargo ship had landed on the International Spaceport in Houston, Texas.
It carried a variety of supplies, including the crew to the ISS, but the cargo was not delivered until September.NASA’s next test mission, Space Launch Vehicle-C (SLS-C), is set for October.
The launch will likely be the third flight of a Falcon Heavy booster, which NASA plans to replace with a Falcon 1 rocket in 2018.SLS is the next generation of rockets designed to carry astronauts to low-Earth orbit.
The Falcon Heavy launches are designed to launch satellites into geostationary orbit.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is designed to take off and land vertically on Earth.
The Falcon Heavy was originally developed as a replacement for the Delta IV Heavy rocket that had flown missions to the moon and Mars.
The Delta IV was designed as a reusable launch vehicle that could carry astronauts.
The heavy version of the rocket used in the Delta program was replaced in late 2016 by the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which was designed to be reusable, but had its payloads destroyed in an explosion on reentry.
Suspended in mid-October, the Falcon 9 lifted off on a mission to test the vehicle’s ability to take advantage of the reentry technology.
It made its first test launch of 2018, during which it delivered a cargo spacecraft to the space station.
Sending astronauts to Mars is an ambitious mission, but it has proved to be relatively inexpensive.
A launch vehicle designed for sending a crew to Mars cost more than $2 billion to build.
The SLS rocket is a $20 billion rocket that SpaceX is hoping to build to carry as many as six astronauts to space.