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Technology Elon Musk expects SpaceX's first crewed mission between April and June

01:50  20 january  2020
01:50  20 january  2020 Source:   engadget.com

SpaceX Starship pressure test blows up Musk's Mars rocket prototype

  SpaceX Starship pressure test blows up Musk's Mars rocket prototype The prototype rocket known as "Mk1" suffered an "anomaly" in Texas Wednesday.The early version of the next generation SpaceX rocket appeared to fail during a pressurization test, sending billowing clouds of gas and its hood miles into the air at the company's Boca Chica, Texas test site on Wednesday.

Now that SpaceX has completed Crew Dragon' s in-flight launch escape test, when can you expect a mission with humans aboard? At last, the company has a more specific answer than early 2020. Company chief Elon Musk told attendees at a post-test conference that the crewed mission to the

Elon Musk says first SpaceX launch with NASA astronauts likely between April and June . SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on Sunday that the company' s first crewed mission will probably be in Elon Musk expects his space company' s inaugural launch of NASA astronauts is only a few months away.

Now that SpaceX has completed Crew Dragon's in-flight launch escape test, when can you expect a mission with humans aboard? At last, the company has a more specific answer than early 2020. Company chief Elon Musk told attendees at a post-test conference that the crewed mission to the International Space Station will likely take place in the second quarter of the year, or sometime between April and June. SpaceX was "highly confident" the hardware would be ready in the first quarter, "most likely" in February.

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It's a good idea to take estimates like this with a grain of salt. Schedules for spaceflight can slip with little warning (even this latest test was delayed by a day). And there's no denying that Musk's estimates are sometimes optimistic -- just look at how long it took Falcon Heavy to translate from a concept to an honest-to-goodness launch. The escape demonstration was the last major test before the crewed flight, though, so there isn't as much of a chance of delays as there has been in the past.

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SpaceX re-useable rocket misses landing ship .
SpaceX successfully launched its latest cluster of high-speed internet satellites into orbit Monday but was unable to land its rocket booster on an autonomous ship, missing a key milestone. The private company founded by billionaire Elon Musk has revolutionized spaceflight in recent years by developing rockets capable of delivering their payload in space then flying back to Earth and landing upright on a target zone, ready to be-reused. It hasThe private company founded by billionaire Elon Musk has revolutionized spaceflight in recent years by developing rockets capable of delivering their payload in space then flying back to Earth and landing upright on a target zone, ready to be-reused.

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