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SpaceX Dragon: Ready for liftoff?

The SpaceX Dragon capsule has arrived at Cape Canaveral ahead of its first test flights.

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 12:50 PM

(WESH) It's been seven years since there was a spaceship at Cape Canaveral that could carry astronauts, but now SpaceX has just shipped one in for a test launch.

It's not your father's spaceship.

The sleek, spare interior of SpaceX's Crew Dragon, with its seven lustrous black seats, looks built for style, as well as substance.

SpaceX hopes to conduct an unmanned test launch in August, followed by a manned flight in December.

The Crew Dragon has been passing some tests, such as a recent parachute trial, and also a vacuum-chamber run, to see if it could withstand the pressures of spaceflight. But despite SpaceX's assurances, evidence indicates the first astronaut launch since the space shuttle is falling farther and farther behind schedule.

A report this month from the Government Accountability Office said an analysis gave a zero percent chance that SpaceX would achieve its milestone.

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