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TechnologyNASA expects SpaceX Crew Dragon to launch on Saturday

07:05  28 february  2019
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The International Space Station will release its SpaceX cargo ship this weekend

The International Space Station will release its SpaceX cargo ship this weekend Both SpaceX and NASA are eager to get the Dragon cargo spacecraft back to Earth now that it has fulfilled its duties in bringing much-needed supplies to the crew aboard the International Space Station. The ship was originally expected to be released from the ISS earlier this week but plans have since changed, and NASA now expects the space station to bid farewell to the Dragon on Sunday afternoon instead. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

The Crew Dragon is being developed under NASA 's Commercial Crew Program, along with Boeing's CST-100 Starliner, which is expected to conduct an uncrewed test flight of its own in March. Both capsules are intended to bring astronauts to space this year. SpaceX is scheduled to launch its first

The first uncrewed test flight of SpaceX 's new Dragon spacecraft for astronauts will now launch no earlier than February, NASA officials said today (Jan. 10). The Crew Dragon test flight, called Demo-1, was scheduled to launch on Jan. 17 after already being pushed back once from a Jan. 7 target.

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It was just a few days ago that NASA announced it had cleared SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for a test launch and docking opportunity with the International Space Station, and the day is rapidly approaching. March 2nd, this coming Saturday, SpaceX will finally have a chance to prove that its crew-capable spacecraft can safely leave the Earth and head to the orbiting laboratory.

Now, NASA has taken a good look at the forecast for the big day and seems very optimistic that weather won’t be getting in the way of SpaceX’s opportunity. In a new blog post, NASA says there’s a solid 80 percent chance that favorable weather will allow the launch to go off as planned.

SpaceX test firing sets path for Crew Dragon flight in February

SpaceX test firing sets path for Crew Dragon flight in February On Thursday afternoon the rocket engines under SpaceX's Crew Dragon vehicle briefly fired up, and after a few delays the company said on Twitter that it's planning for a test flight in February. You can watch a video of the test below, which according to CBS reporter William Harwood, may have been a bit shorter than planned and could lead to a retest. Anonymous sources indicated that the test flight is tentatively scheduled for February 23rd.

SpaceX will launch the Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission at 2:48 a.m. EST (0748 GMT) on Saturday , March 2. Since Crew Dragon is designed to ferry NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station, you can expect a live webcast of the launch from the space agency. Space .com will carry

We now know when SpaceX 's new astronaut taxi will head to orbit for the first time. The maiden flight of the Crew Dragon capsule — an uncrewed test mission to the International Space Station (ISS) called Demo-1 — is scheduled to launch Jan.

A lot of different factors play into whether or not local weather will impact a launch. Even without precipitation, high winds at lofty altitudes can force delays for rocket launches. That doesn’t look like it’ll be a problem this time around.

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For a launch Saturday, meteorologists with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing are predicting an 80 percent chance of favorable weather. Weak high pressure in advance of a front moving southeast into the area is expected during the launch window with a low probability for rain and weak surface winds and only slight concerns of any cumulus cloud or thick cloud rule violations during the instantaneous launch window.

An instantaneous launch window is far less forgiving than the alternative. Instantaneous launch opportunities have to happen at the exact time they were scheduled for, rather than allowing for multiple attempts at clearing a rocket for take-off. If the rocket and the weather aren’t in their ideal conditions at the exact moment — in this case, 2:49 a.m. EST — the launch is scrubbed and rescheduled.

This will definitely be the biggest test of SpaceX’s astronaut-carrying spacecraft yet, and NASA is eager to have a way to send astronauts to and from the ISS whenever it needs to. If everything goes well, we could see crewed test flights within months, but any setback could push the timeline back considerably.

Smoke seen for miles as SpaceX Crew Dragon suffers 'anomaly' at Cape Canaveral.
A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule suffered an anomaly during a routine test fire at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the 45th Space Wing confirmed today.

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