Politics Trump to attend SpaceX launch in Florida

03:12  23 may  2020
03:12  23 may  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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SpaceX and NASA plan to launch astronauts into orbit for the first time since 2011 next week. President Donald Trump has indicated he wants to NASA’s contracts with SpaceX and Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) are aimed at reducing costs and boosting the space industry in the United States .

President Donald Trump plans to travel to Florida on Wednesday to view the launch of SpaceX ’s crewed test mission to the International Space Station, according to a U.S. official.

President Trump will attend a major SpaceX launch at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida next Wednesday, according to a White House official.

a close up of smoke: Trump to attend SpaceX launch in Florida © UPI Photo Trump to attend SpaceX launch in Florida

NASA astronauts are scheduled to fly on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft on May 27, lifting off from the Kennedy Space Center complex at Cape Canaveral. It will be the first time that NASA has launched astronauts from the United States to the International Space Station since 2011.

The flight will mark the last flight test for the Crew Dragon spacecraft before it enters regular service. The capsule will blast off with a Falcon 9 rocket.

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Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump on Thursday said he could attend next week’s launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon craft in Florida , the first manned space flight from US soil in nearly a decade. “I’m thinking about going,” he told reporters, joking that he’d like them to board the rocket

Trump was urged to attend next week’s launch by Rep. Michael Waltz, a Republican from northeast Florida whose district includes the northern tip of The launch will mark the first time NASA will send astronauts into orbit aboard a spacecraft built by a private company. The president has heaped lavish

Trump acknowledged Thursday that he was considering attending the launch in Florida. The trip will be Trump's fourth to a battleground state in the same number of weeks and will mark his first trip not related to the federal response to the novel coronavirus.

Trump has made space operations a priority during his administration, touting the establishment of the U.S. Space Force - the sixth branch of the U.S. military - in a defense policy bill negotiated and signed in December.

Trump's three prior trips outside Washington in recent weeks include a visit Thursday to a Ford Motor Company plant in Michigan producing ventilators and other protective equipment to help front-line health care workers combat the pandemic. He has made similar trips to Pennsylvania and Arizona.

Florida represents a key battleground state for the president as he seeks reelection; Trump won the state narrowly in 2016. The RealClearPolitics polling index shows former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, with a slight edge over the president in the Sunshine State.

SpaceX-Start: With a private jet into space - the second .
The time window begins at 9:22 p.m. Does the weather play with you today? The private company SpaceX sends out its manned Crew Dragon capsule if it works. © Joe Raedle / AFP / Getty Images The two US astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, here before the first scheduled start on May 27, The first attempt to start last Wednesday failed due to the bad weather. The second attempt follows this Saturday evening.

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