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Tech & Science Nasa gives the green light to SpaceX's first manned flight on May 27

02:51  23 may  2020
02:51  23 may  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

NASA sets date for SpaceX’s first passenger flight on Crew Dragon

  NASA sets date for SpaceX’s first passenger flight on Crew Dragon Even during a pandemic, people are still launchingThis flight has been in the making for years, ever since NASA selected SpaceX and rival Boeing to develop new spacecraft to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS as part of the Commercial Crew Program. SpaceX has been transforming its Dragon cargo capsule —which has been taking supplies to the ISS for years — into a vehicle that can carry people. After six years of development, as well as various testing successes and failures along the way, the capsule is ready to finally carry its first passengers on a flight test.

NASA said Friday that it has given the green light to next week' s launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel -- the first crewed space flight to leave from US soil in nine "The Flight Readiness Review has concluded! NASA ' s SpaceX Crew Dragon mission is cleared to proceed toward liftoff

NASA gave the green light on Friday to next week' s launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel -- the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years and a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets. Top officials at the US space agency and Elon Musk' s company had

  La Nasa donne son feu vert au premier vol habité de SpaceX le 27 mai © Supplied by Le Point

"The SpaceX Crew Dragon mission of the Nasa has the green light for the launch." NASA announced Friday that it has agreed to the launch next Wednesday of two American astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket, which will be the first American manned flight since 2011. Senior officials of the American space agency and the company of Elon Musk had been meeting since Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, to check that everything was ready and safe for the mission.

Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will take off on May 27 at 4:33 p.m. (8:33 p.m. GMT) aboard a Crew Dragon capsule, heading for the International Space Station (ISS), where they will moor 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. Since then, only the Russians had had a means of space transportation and dozens of American astronauts (and other countries) learned Russian and traveled aboard Soyuz rockets, departing from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, to go to the station, which has been permanently occupied since 2000 by Americans and Russians.

SpaceX ship rescues boater while practicing for historic NASA mission

  SpaceX ship rescues boater while practicing for historic NASA mission The recovery vessel GoSearcher became a good Samaritan for a day.The US Coast Guard reported that the SpaceX vessel Go Searcher responded to an emergency call while practicing for the company's historic first launch of NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. The mission is set to blast off from Cape Canaveral on May 27.

Two veteran NASA astronauts arrived at NASA ' s Kennedy Space Center in Florida today ( May 20) ahead of a much-anticipated test flight on a SpaceX The upcoming test mission will be the first crewed launch from Florida since that final shuttle launch nearly a decade ago. © Provided by Space

On May 27 th, SpaceX is slated to launch its first crew of two — NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley — to the International Space Station for Then on Monday, SpaceX and NASA officials will do yet another review about whether to proceed with the launch. That review will incorporate data

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Restoring independent access to space in the United States

NASA has funded since the presidency of Barack Obama SpaceX ($ 3.1 billion) contracts) and separately Boeing (4.9 billion) in order 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? " In the end, 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 ultramodern 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.

NASA and SpaceX say they are ‘go’ to proceed with historic crewed flight on May 27th

  NASA and SpaceX say they are ‘go’ to proceed with historic crewed flight on May 27th Though there’s still more work to be done by both the agency and SpaceX, including another review on Monday, but officials decided there were no major issues standing in the way of the launch.“It was a good review, great discussion,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said during a press conference. “I think everybody in the room was very clear that now’s the time to speak up if there are any challenges.” Bridenstine noted that many people did speak up, and they had a lot of discussions about various aspects of the mission. “At the end we got to a ‘go,’” he said.

SpaceX and NASA are targeting May 27 for the first launch of American astronauts into orbit from U. S . soil in nine years. They'll fly on a Crew Dragon NASA picked SpaceX and Boeing as its space taxi providers in 2014, initially awarding .6 billion to SpaceX and .2 billion to Boeing to develop the

NASA ' S first "all American' astronaut spaceflight due to take place next week could be cancelled at A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will liftoff from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on May 27 Credit The Air Force' s 45th Weather Squadron will analyse the forecast and give either a red or green light

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satellite fleet should be feared If SpaceX, founded in 2002 by then millionaire Elon Musk (he is now a billionaire), succeeded in this mission, called Demo-2 to Following Demo-1, which went off without incident in March 2019 with a mannequin on board, it would become the first private company in space history to have transported astronauts to the ISS.

Successful takeoff for the SpaceX rocket, Elon Musk wins its bet .
© Orlando Sentinel / Contributor / Getty Images Successful takeoff for the SpaceX rocket, Elon Musk wins its bet Two American astronauts took off on Saturday from the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, aboard a rocket from the private company SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk. This is a first in the United States. A private company has been commissioned by NASA to send two of its astronauts into space and the mission is a success.

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