Trump to attend Nasa launch in Florida

James Marshall
May 24, 2020

In January, SpaceX successfully completed an in-flight test of Crew Dragon's launch escape capabilities.

On being asked about going ahead with the mission in the midst of the pandemic, Behnken told media "Where there's a will, there's a way".

"It's only the fifth time that people have been launched on a new US spacecraft", John Logsdon, a professor emeritus at George Washington University's Space Policy Institute and former member of the NASA Advisory Council, told ABC News.

Trump said while signing a directive that led to the establishment of the Space Force that his administration "is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation".

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon spacecraft taking the astronauts to the ISS are already positioned at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.

President Donald Trump plans to travel to Florida on Wednesday to watch the launch of SpaceX's manned test mission to the International Space Station, according to a US official, as he seeks to project an image of normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The STS-135 was the 135th and the final mission of the American Space Shuttle programme that launched on July 8, 2011, and landed on July 21, 2011. He noted that SpaceX tweaked the Crew Dragon's design after last year's successful uncrewed demonstration flight to the space station, to address a potential collision risk that the Russians called to attention. Behnken has logged more than 1,500 flight hours and flown 25 different types of aircraft, according to his Nasa biography. The trip will take about 24 hours.

In the time, spend the two Test-astronauts aboard the ISS , is to be tested, the "Crew Dragon" before Behnken and Hurley get back to, to return to earth. The capsule was tested in January. That includes the Russian space agency Roscosmos, which had concerns past year about the uncrewed Demo-1 mission to the station. During the follow-up news conference, SpaceX's Director of Crew Mission Management, Benji Reed, stated that the go for launch is permission to proceed in the launch sequence, but "really it's a go to the mission", referring to the fact that Demo-2 is an extended exercise of SpaceX's entire human spaceflight system.

NASA still hasn't decided how long the astronauts will stay in space.

For several years, SpaceX shuffles the aerospace industry strong * rocket and capsule from SpaceX first astronaut .

Florida represents a key battleground state for the president as he seeks reelection; Trump won the state narrowly in 2016.

NASA's Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will become the USA agency's first astronauts to take off from American soil in nine years, marking an important step towards ending the country's dependence on Russian rockets.

In this time of mounting uncertainty, Behnken said he hopes the nation can find hope in watching the historic launch amid the global crisis.

During a recent interview with Fox News, Pence added, "When that rocket goes off next week, it'll remind the American people that even in the midst of the most challenging times, America still moves forward".

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