Scientists and engineers from NASA’s Ames Research Center and other institutions are preparing for the arrival of the company’s first autonomous flight tests on the Space Launch System rocket, NASA said Monday.
The company, which is developing the Atlas V rocket, has begun the work with engineers at Ames and the University of California, Berkeley.
A test flight of the spacecraft’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) will take place on May 1 at 10:15 a.m.
EDT (1715 GMT), NASA officials said.
The test will begin the work on developing a system that will be able to take the ASDS from launch pad to the Space Station in about two hours, the agency said.
ASDS is expected to be ready to be deployed in 2018.