SpaceX has successfully test-launched a new space capsule that could carry human astronauts into orbit.
The American aerospace company's Crew Dragon capsule lifted off early Saturday morning from Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop a Falcon 9 rocket.
It's an important milestone for Elon Musk's private space firm and NASA's long-delayed goal to resume human spaceflight from U.S. territory later this year.
The U.S. was left with no means to carry out manned space missions since the Space Shuttle fleet was retired in 2011.
The unmanned, Crew Dragon capsule is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station on Sunday, and return to Earth sometime next Friday.