A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon spacecrafts first flight to space is on its way to Australia from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
The Dragon spacecraft’s first launch will be a demonstration of the company’s new Dragon capsule design that was unveiled last week, a move that could prove to be a boost to SpaceX’s global growth strategy.
SpaceX is planning a full launch of the Dragon capsule on Sunday to be followed by a three-day trip to the International Space Station on Sept. 19 and 20.
“We have successfully demonstrated Dragon’s flight systems in space and have proven the Dragon will be safe, reliable and reliable in orbit, including all its major safety features,” the company said in a statement.
But despite the positive reception from the public, SpaceX still has a long way to go before the Dragon can deliver to space.
The company launched its Dragon spacecraft on a SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket from Vandenburg Air Force Station in California on July 27.
While the flight was a success, the capsule failed to reach orbit and returned to Earth in the early hours of July 29.
NASA has since launched a probe to investigate the failure and SpaceX has launched a second probe that will probe the capsule’s orbit.
Despite the delays, SpaceX has been ramping up the companys pace of its Dragon missions and has successfully completed six of them so far.
Dragon’s first flight was expected to be on the Sept. 1 launchpad, with the second flight set for Sept. 4.
This article originally appeared on BloombergBusiness.com