An American spacecraft designed to fly astronauts to the International Space Station from the United States was launched this morning for its debut unmanned flight.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft, lifted off at 0749 GMT from National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The test flight is intended to show the transport capabilities of SpaceX, a private company and contractor of the US space agency NASA for ISS flights.
The move came eight years after NASA's space shuttle retired, leaving it dependent on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to fly crews to the station.
Nasa said this is the first test mission of a commercially-built and operated American spacecraft and rocket designed for humans. (AIR)