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06:50  11 august  2019
06:50  11 august  2019 Source:   cnet.com

NASA just set preliminary dates for its commercial crew launches, with SpaceX in the lead

NASA just set preliminary dates for its commercial crew launches, with SpaceX in the lead There's a space race happening right now. It's not between the United States and Russia, or any nations at all, for that matter, but it's definitely happening.

We might not get to see astronauts fly in a SpaceX Crew Dragon until next year, but preparations for that highly anticipated test We've seen this pair before getting familiar with the Crew Dragon, but this time they donned their new suits for a full launch day dry run, including SpaceX ' s ground operators.

A space suit is a garment worn to keep a human alive in the harsh environment of outer space, vacuum and temperature extremes.

See SpaceX's new spacesuits on the first astronauts to wear them © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. NASA astronaut Bob Behnken simulates a Crew Dragon launch at SpaceX headquarters. NASA

We might not get to see astronauts fly in a SpaceX Crew Dragon until next year, but preparations for that highly anticipated test flight are underway, including a recent space fashion show.

OK, so there was no catwalk or runway strutting, but NASA did share a few photos of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley going through their "suit-up procedures" recently at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

We've seen this pair before getting familiar with the Crew Dragon, but this time they donned their new suits for a full launch day dry run, including SpaceX's ground operators. The goal was to practice all the steps that will go down before a Falcon 9 rocket propels the pair from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to an eventual docking with the International Space Station.

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Boeing and SpaceX have designed new spacesuits to protect NASA's finest. Astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams has tried on the companies' new suits . NASA astronaut and Commercial Crew member Sunita "Suni" Williams tests a mock-up of SpaceX ' s Crew Dragon spaceship and spacesuit in April

See SpaceX ' s new spacesuits on the first astronauts to wear them https://cnet.co/2yOtj0v pic.twitter.com/r5RUgGfdM2.

See SpaceX's new spacesuits on the first astronauts to wear them © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Astronaut Doug Hurley suits up. NASA

Inside the Crew Dragon simulator, the team also ran through several emergency scenarios.

Crew Dragon is one of two new spacecraft, along with Boeing's Starliner, that NASA has selected for its Commercial Crew program, The aim is to return human spaceflight launches to American soil for the first time since the end of the space shuttle era.

The Demo-2 mission to the space station was initially slated to happen in July, but was pushed back after an unoccupied Crew Dragon exploded during a ground test in April. An investigation traced the mishap to a leak in the pressurization system and the first crewed launch is now expected in 2020.

See SpaceX's new spacesuits on the first astronauts to wear them © CNET

NASA astronaut Bob Behnken simulates a Crew Dragon launch at SpaceX headquarters.

NASA chief throws shade at SpaceX ahead of Elon Musk's Starship update .
Jim Bridenstine appears to question SpaceX's enthusiasm for NASA's Commercial Crew program aimed at getting astronauts to the ISS.Bridenstine dropped an unexpected statement on Twitter on Friday, writing, "I am looking forward to the SpaceX announcement tomorrow. In the meantime, Commercial Crew is years behind schedule. NASA expects to see the same level of enthusiasm focused on the investments of the American taxpayer. It's time to deliver.

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