Spacex came back two astronauts to earth on sunday in the final stages of a historic mission that began nine weeks ago and may open the best way to the entire commercialisation of personal area flight.

The test mission, done with nasa, took astronauts bob behnken and doug hurley to the overseas universe on a spacex falcon 9 rocket, the 1st time an exclusive company had taken humans into area.

The 2 returned to a splashdown in the gulf of mexico at 2.48pm regional time. while the pill bobbed on a calm ocean, these people were radioed a greeting familiar to airplane people everywhere: welcome returning to the world. thank you for traveling spacex.

Elon musks personal room company is looking to follow a successful test by delivering three american astronauts towards the iss from the very first fully commercial space flight prior to the end of september, with nasa spending a payment for each seat.

It has also established another mission including one japanese plus one european among the list of four astronauts to happen early next year.

The splashdown on sunday scars the culmination of a plan very first hatched about ten years ago. the us chose to replace the room shuttle with a brand new kind of space programme under which private businesses would-be compensated a fixed price to build up spacecraft for individual trip, with future missions obsessed about a commercial basis.

The arrangement, which replaced the standard cost-plus agreements under which space exploration has actually run, suggested that delays and cost-overruns needed to be absorbed by the businesses.

Boeing and spacex had been later selected to perform parallel development programmes, successfully pitting a company with many years of experience of working on nasa area missions against a commercial upstart that just travelled its first rocket to orbit this season.

Late a year ago boeing failed a test made to send an unmanned capsule towards the iss, as a prelude to giving humans. its spacecraft didn't reach its planned orbit and nasa has recommended 80 improvements before a repeat of the test, which will be expected ahead of the end of the year. boeing said in january the additional trip would cost it $410m.