SpaceX plans to begin another trip after successful astronaut trip

Ruben Fields
June 4, 2020

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a recent announcement said that ISRO will "provide a level playing field for private companies in satellites, launches and space-based services", reports Hindustan Times.

The two space astronauts who arrived newly - Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley has joined astronaut Chris Cassidy to participate in a press conference from worldwide space station.

The astronauts launched into orbit by SpaceX joined in the ringing of the opening bell for the Nasdaq on Tuesday to mark "a pivotal moment" for the space economy.

U.S. astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken started their journey towards the ISS from the Kennedy Space Center at 3:22 p.m. EDT (19:22 GMT) on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and successfully reached entered the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday. The event, which connected the astronauts to the Nasdaq in Times Square via video link, was broadcast on a giant screen in the famed New York City landmark. The company holds a $2.6 billion contract with NASA's Commercial Crew Program to fly six operational crewed missions to the ISS, and Demo-2 is created to fully validate Crew Dragon and the Falcon 9 for those flights.

NASA astronauts (from left) Robert Behnken, Douglas Hurley and Chris Cassidy appear on Nasdaq's large television screen above Times Square in NY on June 2, 2020. "It's really transformational when you come into space, look back at our planet and see how fragile it is, and see how thin the atmosphere is. In that vein, let's just say, for those about to launch, we salute you". "But we went into it with a very open mind".

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Founded by billionaire Elon Musk in 2002, the Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX builds, launches and reuses commercial rockets carrying satellites, robotic cargo ships and, now, astronauts.

About 9 minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9 first stage aced a pinpoint landing on the SpaceX drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You", which was stationed a few hundred miles off the Florida coast.

And the first fully operational launch of the Dragon, dubbed Crew-1, is pencilled in for August 30 this year.

SpaceX has a $2.6 billion NASA contract for at least six crewed mission to the station.

NASA wants to be just one customer of many, noted Jim Morhard, the space agency's deputy administrator, who took part in the virtual bell ringing. The aim is to provide tens of thousands of low Earth orbit satellites to provide high-speed Internet nearly anywhere in the world.

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