NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27

Tanya Simon
May 23, 2020

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 U.S. soil in nine years and a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets.

According to a May 21 post on the NASA commercial crew blog, the panel still had "a few topics remaining for discussion during the Flight Readiness Review and will continue those on Friday". "At the end we got to a 'go, '" he stated.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon is days away from its highly anticipated launch to the International Space Station. SpaceX confirmed two hours later that the test was a success.

NASA's contracts with SpaceX and Boeing Co. "Much harder problem than it may seem", he tweeted. "We had very high confidence that they will function as we need them to". "Roscosmos participated and they were 'go, '" he said.

Demo-1 was a flight conducted successfully in March 2019 with a mannequin aboard.

Hurle and Behnken, who arrived in Florida a couple of days ago for final pre-flight preparations, looked in on the flight readiness review as well.

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NASA is less than a week away from launching humans into space from USA soil for the first time since the Space Shuttle era. "We're living the dream", he said.

While NASA states Space X is "go" for launch, there's still a fair bit of job to do prior to the business's rocket takesflight On Saturday, Behnken and Hurley will certainly do what's called a "dry dress rehearsal", where they'll dress in Space X's customized spacesuits and undergo every one of the actions leading up to flight, without really releasing.

In 2014, NASA awarded Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Boeing Co. contracts worth almost $7 billion to fly USA astronauts to the space station. The agency hired both SpaceX and Boeing to deliver safe, reliable hardware that it could use to send astronauts into space whenever it wanted, without paying for seats on Russian rockets.

There have been plenty of setbacks along the way. SpaceX's vehicle for the program is the Crew Dragon, and after six years of development and testing, the company is less than a week away from finally putting people inside the vehicle.

This is also notable as the first space flight programme to be carried out as a public-private partnership, with SpaceX producing the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Boeing producing the Starliner. The finish line of NASA's Commercial Crew program is fast approaching.

"But you know what, you can never sell this NASA and SpaceX team short, and they've always accomplished miracles for me", she said. Even if the launch and the space station rendezvous go perfectly, Behnken and Hurley will be spending somewhere between a month and four months working in orbit before they ride their Dragon back to an Atlantic Ocean splashdown.

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