The Dragon capsule successfully docked autonomously with the ISS over the weekend. NASA astronauts have been working with Space X to make sure the system works, and will be as safe as possible.
So we ‘may’ be back in the business of actually being able to launch and recover our own astronauts.
Of note, it was FULLY autonomous, the arm wasn’t needed, and it had 400 lbs of cargo aboard too. Multiply configurable, it can hold up to seven astronauts, or some mix of astronauts and cargo, and comes with an optional ‘trunk’ that holds additional cargo.
There is a possibility the first manned launch will be later this year, and the bonus is that these capsules will be reusable!