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NASA exposes the SpaceX crew capsule test to the ISS

A Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX is scheduled to off, it's weather allows on March 2 to take the Crew Dragon test capsule to the ISSOn Friday, NASA gave the SpaceX the green light to test a new crew capsule by first sending an unmanned boat with a lifelong mannequin to the International Space Station. "We're going for launch, we're going for docking," says William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator with NASA Human Exploration and Operations. A Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX is scheduled to lift off, weather permitting on March 2 to take the Crew Dragon test capsule to the ISS. NASA signed a contract in 201 4 with SpaceX and Boeing for companies to fly US astronauts to the ISS. This will be the first time the US space agency lets a private company transport its astronauts. NASA completed its Space Shuttle Program in 2011 and has since relied on buying stains on Russian Soyuz rockets to send American astronauts to the ISS circuit. 19659005] "This is an absolutely critical first step we make when moving to returning the manned launch feature back here to the United States," says Gerstenmaier, speaking at a press conference in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The flight on March 2 will be identical to a flight that will take two astronauts to the ISS later this year, possibly in July. The Crew Dragon capsule has seven seats. It will dock with ISS on March 3 and then come loose and…



A Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX is scheduled to off, it’s weather allows on March 2 to take the Crew Dragon test capsule to the ISS

On Friday, NASA gave the SpaceX the green light to test a new crew capsule by first sending an unmanned boat with a lifelong mannequin to the International Space Station.

“We’re going for launch, we’re going for docking,” says William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator with NASA Human Exploration and Operations.

A Falcon 9 rocket from the private US-based SpaceX is scheduled to lift off, weather permitting on March 2 to take the Crew Dragon test capsule to the ISS.

NASA signed a contract in 201

4 with SpaceX and Boeing for companies to fly US astronauts to the ISS.

This will be the first time the US space agency lets a private company transport its astronauts.

NASA completed its Space Shuttle Program in 2011 and has since relied on buying stains on Russian Soyuz rockets to send American astronauts to the ISS circuit. 19659005] “This is an absolutely critical first step we make when moving to returning the manned launch feature back here to the United States,” says Gerstenmaier, speaking at a press conference in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The flight on March 2 will be identical to a flight that will take two astronauts to the ISS later this year, possibly in July.

The Crew Dragon capsule has seven seats. It will dock with ISS on March 3 and then come loose and return to Earth on March 8th.

“I guarantee that everything doesn’t work exactly right, and it’s cool, that’s exactly what we want to do,” says Gerstenmaier. 19659005] “We want to maximize our learning so when … we are ready to do a really manned assignment, and it will be the right security for our crews.”

SpaceX has already made more than a dozen unmanned journeys since 2012 with deliveries to the ISS with the drag version of the Dragon canister.

But the safety criteria for manned flights are higher and NASA said the Crew Dragon still has some problems, including parachutes. [19659005] “It’s a big deal for SpaceX,” says Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of the company, founded by billionaire Elon Musk.


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