NASA certifies SpaceX's Crew Dragon flight system

Katie Ramirez
November 14, 2020

The launch is set to take place from the Kennedy Space Centre of NASA.

The launch is part of NASA's Commercial Crew programme, which has sought to restore launch capabilities to United States soil.

The mission, named CREW-1, will deliver four of the seven individuals from Expedition 64 to the ISS: NASA space travelers Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, just as Japanese space explorer Soichi Noguchi. All of this will allow our crew to safely fly to the International Space Station and come back and then recover, "Kathy Lloyders, who heads NASA's manned space flight program, said in a press briefing on Tuesday".

During the test, the Falcon 9 is placed on pad, while its nine first-stage engines are briefly fired.

Liftoff from the Kennedy Space Center is scheduled for 7:49 pm EST Saturday. On the off chance that everything works out as expected, the team case will go through 8.5-hours trailing the space station prior to showing up at the orbital outpost early Sunday (Nov. 15).

Both Dragon Capsule Its launcher is new to this task.

NASA on Tuesday officially certified as safe the Crew Dragon capsule developed for regular astronaut transportation by SpaceX, the company founded by Elon Musk that carried two astronauts to the ISS in May and back to Earth again in August without major incident.

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"That means that (from December) starting with Crew-1, there will be a continuous presence of SpaceX Dragons in orbit".

The mission was part of a demo, so as to hopefully gain NASA's certified spaceflight certification - and it worked! Standing 256.3 feet (78.1 meters) tall, the pair were lifted upright overnight.

Weather permitting, the launch is scheduled for 7.49pm Eastern or 12.49am GMT on Sunday. Engineers reviewed the data before deciding to proceed with the Falcon 9's planned launch attempt Saturday evening.

The astronauts for NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 mission. In doing so, this static fire also serves as a complete in-ring hardware and software rehearsal for the missile and integrated spacecraft, to verify that the autonomous software responsible for identifying a failed missile and activating the Crew Dragon abort system is functioning as expected. SpaceX replaced the two engines on that rocket and the Global Positioning System mission was completed Get off the ground November 5. The anomaly was tied to a manufacturing process. SpaceX changed out two engines on that rocket and the Global Positioning System mission was able to get off the ground on November 5.

The launch will be the first time an worldwide crew will fly aboard a NASA-certified, commercially-owned and operated American rocket and spacecraft from American soil.

President Trump has also ordered NASA to work on putting astronauts on the Moon by 2024 although observers have said that SpaceX is more likely to reach the Moon first with private paying passengers instead of NASA's astronauts. If successful, this would mark the 65th booster recovery.

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