The six-day SpaceX CrewDragon test flight will be real in every regard, but the Dragon capsule won't carry humans, rather a test dummy — named Ripley after the tough heroine in the "Alien" films — in the same white SpaceX spacesuit that astronauts will wear.
“Some time this summer they’ll put people in it for the first time and we will get Americans back into space,” said Dale Ketcham, with Space Florida.
The event is expected to bring back excitement to the region that hasn't been felt on the Space Coast since NASA launched its last shuttle Atlantis on July 8, 2011.
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Since NASA shut down its shuttle program in 2011, it has had to buy seats on Russian capsules. That costs roughly $80 million per trip.
If successful, the Crew Dragon capsule would lower costs and make it possible for astronauts to launch again from American soil.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.