- SpaceX is set to launch four astronauts to the space station for NASA later this month.
- After inspecting the data from its first astronaut flight, SpaceX made four big upgrades to its Crew Dragon spaceship.
- The next capsule will have new maneuvering capabilities, a reinforced heat shield, longer-lasting solar panels, and better parachute-deployment sensors.
- SpaceX is also promising a clearer ocean landing site without a crowd of boats.
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SpaceX showed the world that its Crew Dragon can safely carry NASA astronauts to and from space this summer.
Now the company is preparing the spaceship for its biggest feat yet: routine flights to and from the International Space Station.
SpaceX’s first mission for NASA was a test flight called Demo-2. It rocketed astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley into orbit, after which their Crew Dragon capsule docked to the space station. They stayed there