NASA's first test of the Opiloted SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Spacecraft is scheduled for January 7th. The…
NASA’s first test of the Opiloted SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Spacecraft is scheduled for January 7th.
The launch, called Demo-1, is scheduled for 11:57 pm. ET at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
As part of the Commercial Crew Program, this trial marks a milestone in NASA’s ambition to once again give astronauts to the cosmos – for the first time the space shuttle was retired in 2011.  The Agency will keep a close eye on performance, gathering data from SpaceX- rocket, crew dragon and ground system and docking operations.
“After the test flights, NASA will review performance data and resolve issues necessary to certify the operational mission systems,” according to a new blog post.
Suppose everything is going well, another test, Demo-2, will fly astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station in June.
A similar timeline exists for Boeing: Uncrewed Orbital Test Flight in March, manned flight test in August.
But administration reminds people as “as with all human space development, learn from each test and adjustment required to reduce the risk of crew may exceed planning date.”
There is also the small problem of the NASA’s long-term review of Boeing and SpaceX workplace security culture, which is expected to start next year, which could prevent early attempts. 1
9659002] When crew tests have been completed, NASA will certify spacecraft and system for regular assignments to ISS. The agency has contracted six assignments (with as many as four astronauts each) per company.
A first operational mission is expected for August 2019, followed by a second in December.
A team of nine seven men and two women was introduced this summer as the first American astronauts to fly on commercial spacecraft.
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