Elon Musk's historic SpaceX mission makes successful launch

SpaceX launch

The programme demonstrates NASA's commitment to investing in commercial companies through public-private partnerships and builds on the success of American companies, including SpaceX, already delivering cargo to the space station.

However, today's launch went without any major technical problems as Demo-2's Crew Dragon capsule rose from the pad atop a Falcon 9 rocket, marking two historic events.

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before boarding Air Force One.

Behnken and Hurley both joined the NASA astronaut corps in 2000.

"It's been nine years since we've launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil, and now it's done".

NASA hired SpaceX and Boeing in 2014 to taxi astronauts to and from the space station, under contracts totalling $7 billion.

It has been a long journey for NASA and SpaceX to reach this point: Thousands of engineers and technicians have worked to design, develop, test, and fly hardware for the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket in the past decade. And it marks the first time commercially developed space vehicles - owned and operated by a private entity rather than NASA - have carried Americans into orbit.

Elon Musk's historic SpaceX mission makes successful launch

The mission marks the first flight of NASA crews from the USA soil since 2011 and the first launch of a rocket owned by SpaceX, the commercial space company founded by Elon Musk.

Sitting in a Tesla vehicle, NASA astronaut Doug Hurley says goodbye to his wife, Karen Nyberg, and son, Jack.

For the first time in almost a decade, NASA launched astronauts into space from USA territory. For the first time in almost a decade, astronauts blasted towards orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil, a first for a private company. On Saturday, stormy weather threatened another postponement for most of the day, but the skies began to clear just in the time. It is expected to fly its CST-100 Starliner with astronauts on board for the first time next year. Hurley piloted the space shuttle on the last launch of astronauts from Kennedy, on July 8, 2011. "With everything that's going on in this country right now, it's important that we do things extraordinary in life", Wight said. According to the US military's 45th Space Wing, which oversees rocket launches, there is a 50% chance that the weather will be suitable for today's launch. The success of NASA's Demo-2 brings the US closer to eventually bringing astronauts back to the Moon, and then possibly on to Mars.

History was made today as the United States launched the first manned commercial mission into orbit.

Still, Musk said he wasn't nervous about the launch on Saturday the way he was during the previous attempt.

Musk's brand was everywhere at Cape Canaveral Saturday, not just on his Crew Dragon capsule. Boeing's first Starliner capsule ended up in the wrong orbit during an crew-less test flight in December and was almost destroyed at the mission's end.