>> The United States hasn't sent astronauts to space from American soil in years. But as early as next spring, they'll be back at it, and they'll be traveling in this. Elon Musk's aerospace company SpaceX displayed the Crew Dragon on Monday, the spacecraft designed to send these men into space and back.
Earlier this month, NASA announced a crew of nine astronauts part of the first man space missions launch from America, since going private for space transport. Six of the astronauts are space flight veterans. One crew will fly in the Crew Dragon, the other in Boeing's CST-100 Starliner.>> I think the only thing that I can add to that, is the importance for me, personally, to kinda return human space flight to the Florida coast back to the United States.
>> Since NASA's space shuttle program shut down in 2011, the US has had to rely on Russia to fly their astronauts to the International Space Station. In 2014, SpaceX and Boeing received multi-billion dollar contracts from NASA to develop so called, Space Taxis, that would fairy astronauts to, and from the space station.
It's also part of NASA's commercial development program to expand the use of the space station for research, and brings space tourism one step closer.>> I think what you'll see is commercial companies will begin servicing lower authority. So we'll have commercial service for passengers, commercial service for Cargo.
And what that really does for NASA, you talk about value, is it enables NASA to focus exclusively on exploration.>> Both companies are scheduled for unmanned flight tests later this year.