NASA Extends SpaceX Demo-2 Flight Readiness Review Through Today

The NASA SpaceX Demo-2 Flight Readiness Review will be concluded today

Launched atop the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon will accelerate to approximately 17,000 miles per hour, according to NASA, placing the capsule on course for the International Space Station.

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 United States soil in nine years.

Trump has mandated NASA to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024.

"A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin", said NASA in a statement accompanying the photo. It's an absolutely huge moment for NASA, but perhaps an even bigger moment for SpaceX.

To maintain a strong USA presence on the space station, and because of delays in Boeing's and SpaceX's development of their own commercial crew shuttles, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been negotiating with Russia's space agency to take an additional seat on its Soyuz shuttle next year.

The completion of the FRR, though, does not mean the end of preparations for the launch. The finish line of NASA's Commercial Crew program is fast approaching.

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SpaceX and Boeing are being called upon to carry out six crewed voyages each to the ISS over the next few years.

NASA has awarded contracts worth 3.1 billion dollars to SpaceX and 4.9 billion dollars to Boeing in a bid to give the U.S. independent access to space once again. And in December, an uncrewed test flight of Boeing's Starliner space taxi went awry, guaranteeing that SpaceX would be the first to fly a crew. That includes final checkouts of the spacecraft, said Kathy Lueders, NASA commercial crew program manager, as well as reviewing data. SpaceX is expected to report whether the test firing was successful later today.

Now, with the launch fast approaching, it's an all-hands-on-deck scenario for SpaceX and NASA staff at Kennedy.

The work, Lueders said, won't stop with the Demo-2 launch itself, scheduled for 4:33 p.m.

US-Russia cooperation is not expected to end once Crew Dragon goes into service. SpaceX has to prove that its spacecraft is safe and fully functional, and any issues that pop up during the mission will surely end up on the company's to-do list. They additionally talked about an unforeseen technological problem that emerged in 2014 when Space X's Crew Dragon pill took off throughout a ground examination, along with issues regarding the business's capacity to reduce any type of unanticipated fires that could burst out onDragon Ultimately, every person ended that the dangers were workable. Whenever the space agency decides to bring them home, the Crew Dragon will have to pass its final test by ensuring a safe arrival back on Earth. NASA has only one crew member now aboard the station. His love of reporting is second only to his gaming addiction.

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