The best way for astronauts to get from the International Space Station to the dwarf planet Pluto is a rocket, according to the Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) design team.
The spacecraft model making facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is responsible for the development of the Falcon 9 rocket that will power the first test flight of the spacecraft, the company announced Wednesday.
SpaceX has previously said that it will launch the vehicle in 2020 to perform an orbital test flight to the surface of the dwarf Planet.
But the company also said that SpaceX is currently developing a spacecraft that can be launched by the company’s Falcon Heavy rocket that could also be used for the initial test flight.
The Falcon Heavy is a reusable rocket designed to carry heavier payloads to low-Earth orbit.
It’s designed to launch payloads weighing up to 10,000 pounds, according SpaceX.
The company said that the Falcon Heavy will be used to perform the initial tests of the first commercial crew missions to the International Spaceship (ISS).
The first commercial flight to orbit will be a cargo mission to the ISS, SpaceX said.
A SpaceX Falcon Heavy cargo mission will begin on the space station’s International Space Port, and a second crewed mission will be launched from the station in 2024, SpaceX told CNN.
The first commercial flights to the moon, the International Lunar Lander, is slated to launch in 2024.