SpaceX Demo-2 commercial crew mission passes flight readiness review

James Marshall
May 24, 2020

NASA is less than a week away from launching humans into space from United States soil for the first time since the Space Shuttle era.

The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Crew Dragon spacecraft will be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 27.

"This is a milestone in the history of the US space program".

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley.

"We had a very successful flight readiness review, in that we did a thorough review of all the systems and all the risks", NASA Associate Administrator Steve Jurczyk, who presided over this week's meetings, said at KSC during a post-review news briefing.

To maintain a strong US 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.

Since 2011, Nasa in the Transport of astronaut to ISS relies on Russian space capsules to change: On 27. That final rehearsal, she said, is meant to make sure "everything is working days before the launch".

Demo-2 is the final Test of the "Crew Dragon " capsule from SpaceX + The Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley, and Bob Behnken, the "Crew Dragon view" is exactly.

On April 9, Chris Cassidy became the last Nasa astronaut to fly to the ISS on board a Russian Soyuz rocket that lifted from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with two other cosmonauts on board - Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.

Behnken noted that it's been a "silver lining" that he and Hurley have had "the time with our sons leading up to this launch", he said during today's remarks. The next manned launch - the first in a series of regular, rotating flights to the ISS* is already planned: The Nasa astronaut Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Shannon Walker, as well as Japanese Astronaut Soichi Noguchi will be the first "regular" astronauts on Board a "Crew Dragon" . The "Crew Dragon" will remove from the ISS and re in the earth's atmosphere occur. Upon splashdown just off Florida's Atlantic Coast, the crew will be picked up at sea by SpaceX's Go Navigator recovery vessel and return to Cape Canaveral. That includes final checkouts of the spacecraft, said Kathy Lueders, NASA commercial crew program manager, as well as reviewing data.

In addition to standard quarantine conditions, both SpaceX and NASA have taken extra precautions to limit any possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

It will be the first time a private company, rather than the national government, sends astronauts into orbit. Starliner's failure to make it to the International Space Station during a demo test sealed the deal and made the race SpaceX's to lose. The Crew Dragon has been into orbit and docked with the ISS on an uncrewed flight called Demo-1 in March 2019. On Saturday, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will suit up and go through the prelaunch procedures one last time. Everything depends, however, on whether the Start of SpaceX on the 27.

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