We now know when SpaceX's new astronaut's taxi will run for the first time.  The flight flight in the…
We now know when SpaceX’s new astronaut’s taxi will run for the first time.  The flight flight in the Crew Dragon Capsule – an unprecedented test mission to the International Space Station (ISS) called Demo-1 – is scheduled to start January 7, NASA officials announced today (21 November).
Crew Dragon will lift a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the historic launch area 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which also served as a jumping spot for Apollo Moon Mission and space shuttle flights over the years. [In Photos: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Spaceship]
SpaceX develops Crew Dragon for ferry astronauts to and from ISS, under a multibillion dollar contract with NASA. The capsule’s first crew test, known as Demo-2, is currently focused on June 2019; an “abortion test” in the flight that shows that Crew Dragon’s emergency release system will take place between the two demonstration missions, NASA officials said in today’s update.
The Dragon dragon version of Dragon has since 2010 moved unprotected resupply missions to ISS, under a separate SpaceX contract with NASA.
The giant Boeing of the aircraft also has a NASA contract for commercial crew, as it tries to fulfill using the CST-100 Starliner capsule. Starliner’s crooked and manned test aircraft are scheduled to take place in March 2019 and August 2019, with an interruption test on flights between the two.
Starliner will fly on top of United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rockets in the foreseeable future.
NASA counts SpaceX and Boeing to end the United States reliance on Russian Soyuz rockets and spacecraft to bring astronauts to and from the cycle. This has been the situation since July 2011, when NASA founded its spacecraft fleet after 30 years of operation.
The latest Soyuz launch against ISS, October 11, has to be canceled after the rocket experienced a 2-minute problem for flight. The two crew men, NASA astronaut Nick Haag and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin made a safe emergency landing in their Soyuz spacecraft.
An investigation traces the reason for the failure of a deformed sensor, leading to an abnormal separation of one of the Soyuz four strap-on boosters.
Next crewed Soyuz ISS launch is scheduled for December 3rd.
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