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Tech & Science NASA gives the green light to the first SpaceX flight with two astronauts on board

00:51  23 may  2020
00:51  23 may  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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NASA has delayed giving the green light to SpaceX 's historic mission to fly astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), with less than a week to go before its scheduled launch date. Next Wednesday's mission will be the first human spaceflight to launch from American soil since 2011

The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for Nasa have flown to Kennedy Space Centre, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight . It will be the first time a private company, rather than a national government, sends astronauts into orbit.

Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will take off on May 27 aboard a Crew Dragon capsule, heading for the International Space Station.

NASA announced this Friday that it has given the green light to the launch next Wednesday of two American astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket, which will be the first American manned flight since 2011. "The SpaceX Crew Dragon mission of Nasa has the green light for the launch, "tweeted NASA.

Senior officials of the US space agency and Elon Musk company met since Thursday at the Kennedy space center in Florida to verify that everything was ready and safe for the mission.

Bad weather postpones first SpaceX launch of Nasa astronauts

  Bad weather postpones first SpaceX launch of Nasa astronauts An estimated 1.7 million people from around the world tuned in to the launch from The Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. But as the weather conditions became worse, the US space agency postponed the mission for safety reasons."We are not going to launch today."Due to the weather conditions, the launch is scrubbing. Our next opportunity will be Saturday, May 30 at 3:22pm ET. Live #LaunchAmerica coverage will begin at 11am ET. pic.twitter.

NASA , SpaceX to Launch First Astronauts to Space Station from U.S. Since 2011. A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to the International Space Station as part of NASA ’s Commercial Crew Program.

Following SpaceX ’s first demonstration mission without humans aboard Crew Dragon targeted for November 2018, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will After Crew Dragon’s demonstration mission with crew is complete, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins will be the first two NASA astronauts to launch

Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will take off on May 27 at 4:33 pm aboard a Crew Dragon capsule, heading for the International Space Station (ISS), where they will dock the next day. It will be the first 100% American manned mission since the end of the space shuttles in 2011 after 30 years of service.

La Nasa finance depuis la présidence de Barack Obama SpaceX (3,1 milliards de dollars de contrats) et séparément Boeing (4,9 milliards) afin de redonner aux Etats-Unis un accès indépendant à l'espace. © SpaceX NASA has funded since the presidency of Barack Obama SpaceX ($ 3.1 billion in contracts) and separately Boeing ($ 4.9 billion) in order to give the United States independent access to space.

Since then, only the Russians had had a means of space transport and dozens of American astronauts (and other countries) learned Russian and traveled on board the Soyuz rockets, departing from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, to go to the station, permanently occupied since 2000 by Americans and Russians.

Bad weather: "Crew Dragon" launch postponed to the ISS

 Bad weather: Bad weather has temporarily stopped the first manned flight test of a US space capsule in almost nine years. Around a quarter of an hour before the planned launch, the test was initially canceled, according to the US space agency Nasa. © Photo: David J. Phillip / AP / dpa The bad weather is a problem for Nasa. Dark clouds were visible above the Cape Canaveral spaceport in the US state of Florida and it was raining lightly again and again, and there was also concern about lightning.

Key officials at the American space agency ( Nasa ) and private launch firm SpaceX have signed off next week's historic mission to the space station. Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will ride to orbit from Florida - the first time in nine years that humans have left Earth from US territory.

The two astronauts will fly on the SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station scheduled for launch on May 27. NASA astronauts Robert Behnken, left, and Doug Hurley pose for a photo at a news conference after they arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla

Five-year training

NASA has funded since the presidency of Barack Obama SpaceX ($ 3.1 billion in contracts) and separately Boeing ($ 4.9 billion) to give the United States independent access to space . The program was originally scheduled to take over from the shuttles in 2015.

A delay that Neil Armstrong, the first man to have walked on the Moon, already deemed in 2010 "humiliating and unacceptable". Ultimately, the hole will have lasted almost nine years - provided that the SpaceX flight goes well.

Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have been training for five years on the Crew Dragon capsule, during ultra-modern Apollo capsules of the 1960s. Inside, everything is controlled by touch screens. Like Apollo, Crew Dragon will return to land on Earth.

The SpaceX and Boeing companies will each have to make six trips by four astronauts to the ISS in the coming years, not counting the demonstration mission. If SpaceX, founded in 2002 by then millionaire Elon Musk (he is now a billionaire), succeeded in this mission, called Demo-2 following Demo-1, which went off without incident in March 2019 with a model on board, it would become the first private company in space history to have transported astronauts to the ISS.


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FOCUS 1 astronauts on their way to the ISS - First rocket stage landed on platform .
* First rocket stage returned * Trump sees step towards trip to Mars * Flight to the ISS takes 19 hours (New: First and second rocket stage blasted, Trump) Cape Canaveral, May 31 (Reuters) - US astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley are on their way to the International Space Station.

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