SpaceX's Crew Dragon is now in Florida to prep for its first flight with astronauts onboard


SpaceX has moved its Crew Dragon commercial astronaut spacecraft to Florida, the site from which it'll launch in likely just two to three months if all goes to plan. The Crew Dragon capsule is now going to undergo final testing and checkouts in Florida before its departure from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, where it'll launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley onboard.

Behnken and Hurley will be taking a trip to the International Space Station (ISS) courtesy of the Crew Dragon, as part of a demonstration mission codenamed "Demo-2" by SpaceX and NASA that will serve as a key step in the ultimate verification of the spacecraft for regular service carrying people to and from the ISS. SpaceX's Crew Dragon is one of two spacecraft that aim to achieve this operational status for NASA, alongside the Boeing Starliner CST-100 crew vehicle, which is undergoing development and testing.

Boeing's spacecraft has recently encountered some issues that could extend its testing timeline and set back its goals of performing its first flights with astronauts onboard. The Starliner encountered two potentially serious software issues during an uncrewed demonstration mission that took place in December, and now NASA and the company are determining corrective action, including safety reviews of Boeing and its software development and testing processes.

Meanwhile, SpaceX performed an in-flight abort test in January, the last major demonstration it needed to do before moving on to the crewed demo mission. That test was by all accounts a success, showing how the Crew Dragon would separate and distance itself from the launch craft in case of an unexpected error, in order to safeguard the astronauts onboard.

SpaceX has been sharing details of its preparation for this final planned demo before operational commercial crew flights, tweeting earlier this week about its spacecraft undergoing ultrasonic testing. Currently, the Demo-2 mission is tentatively set for May 2, though that date is said to be flexible and could be moved up or pushed to later, depending on mission needs and remaining preparation progress.


More Related News

Candy, cheese soar to space station to satisfy crew cravings
Candy, cheese soar to space station to satisfy crew cravings
  • World
  • 2020-02-15 20:22:23Z

Northrop Grumman launched its Cygnus capsule from the Virginia seashore. It took three tries over the past week to get the Antares rocket off the pad, with it finally taking flight at 3:21 p.m. - an auspicious 3-2-1. "Awesome launch," Joel Montalbano, NASA's deputy space station program manager, said once the capsule reached orbit.

Witnesses called it a vicious mugging. The alleged
Witnesses called it a vicious mugging. The alleged 'perps': prison guards
  • US
  • 2020-02-14 22:07:51Z

Ryan Dionne held the emotionally distraught woman down and Keith Turner kneed her repeatedly in the head and back, according to witnesses to the brutal daytime assault.

Rocket Lab will launch a satellite to the Moon for NASA to prepare for the Lunar Gateway
Rocket Lab will launch a satellite to the Moon for NASA to prepare for the Lunar Gateway

Launch startup Rocket Lab has been awarded a contract to launch a CubeSat on behalf of NASA for the agency's CAPSTONE experiment, with the ultimate aim of putting the CAPSTONE CubeSat into cislunar (in the region in between Earth and the Moon) orbit -- the same orbit that NASA will eventually use

The Wacky New Anti-Abortion Tactic Taking Off Across America
The Wacky New Anti-Abortion Tactic Taking Off Across America

When Santa Rosa County's Board of Commissioners met Thursday morning, items on the agenda included improving the drainage on Tibet Drive, upgrading the local boat ramp, and allocating money to buy new scoreboards at Chumuckla Park.Then, at the end of the meeting, came a far more controversial and divisive matter, one that is likely to have an impact beyond the Florida community of 150,000 people.Dozens of local residents, many holding placards and pointing fingers, lined up to speak for and against a proposal to become the first "abortion sanctuary city" in Florida. The wacky-and possibly unconstitutional-concept, which co-opts a label used by liberal cities that protect undocumented...

In 2 years, Florida
In 2 years, Florida 'red flag' law removes hundreds of guns
  • World
  • 2020-02-14 05:12:54Z

A 23-year-old man who posted on Facebook, "I don't know why I don't go on a killing spree." A West Palm Beach couple who shot up their home while high on cocaine. All four Florida residents had their guns taken away by judges under a "red flag" law the state passed three weeks after a mentally disturbed gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland two years ago Friday. Advocates of Florida's red flag measure say before it existed, it was often difficult to remove firearms from those making threats or suffering severe mental breakdowns.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Economy