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May 4, 2020

Commercial crew safety, in space and on the ground

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space travel

The last time NASA launched astronauts from the Kennedy Space Center, hundreds of thousands of people showed up to watch the final flight of the space shuttle in July 2011. The expectation, by NASA and others, was that similar crowds would show up when commercial crew flights finally began. The large crowds that showed up for launches like the first Falcon Heavy mission in 2018 or even relatively routine cargo launches appeared to confirm that belief, and NASA was planning for big crowds, not just of the public outside the gates of KSC but also official guests and working media inside, for a historic mission.

Then came the pandemic, and all those plans went out the window.

Now NASA is in the unusual, but understandable, position of telling people not to witness in person one of the agency’s biggest missions in the last decade. “We are asking people to watch from home,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said Friday in a media teleconference about the upcoming SpaceX Demo-2 commercial crew mission.

May 4, 2020

SpaceX Crew Dragon astronaut says 3 factors need to line up to get to Mars

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Douglas Hurley, along with Bob Behnken, is about to fly to the International Space Station using a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule.

May 4, 2020

SpaceX Moon Contract Could Be Worth $7 Billion — Or Nothing

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How much is a contract to deliver supplies to an imaginary space station worth?

May 4, 2020

SpaceX Starship: incredible Elon Musk photo shows the rocket’s true size

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

The giant ship has been captured in an image that demonstrates the scale of the Mars-bound ship.

May 3, 2020

My hero my love

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How elon saved spacex & tesla … at the same time.

May 3, 2020

NASA’s Doug Hurley Will Make History in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

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Hurley is one of two astronauts who will be aboard the Crew Dragon for its first manned test flight this month. He spoke to Digital Trends about the experience.

May 3, 2020

SpaceX, NASA hold press conference, historic astronaut launch clears final hurdles before readiness

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With less than a month to go before the historic first crewed flight – and final human rating certification test – of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Demonstration 2 mission, NASA and SpaceX jointly held a full day of pre-mission press conferences on Friday, May 1st. Throughout the day many minor, but crucial, details were revealed.

Two primary technical concerns remained prior to Crew Dragon’s debut astronaut mission- the final drop test of the Crew Dragon Mark III parachutes and NASA’s clearance of SpaceX’s resolution of an in-flight engine-out anomaly suffered during the ascent phase of a previous Starlink mission.

May 2, 2020

SpaceX aces final parachute test ahead of historic May 27 crew launch

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SpaceX wrapped up the 27th and final drop test of Crew Dragon’s upgraded parachute system today (May 1), apparently clearing the path for the Demo-2 mission later this month.

May 2, 2020

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo makes 1st glide flight over Spaceport America

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Virgin Galactic’s newest SpaceShipTwo space plane just flew freely above its New Mexico home base for the first time.

May 1, 2020

Hopeful for launch next year, NASA aims to resume SLS operations within weeks

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With the Space Launch System’s inaugural test flight now officially delayed to November 2021, NASA says work halted by the coronavirus pandemic will resume within weeks to prepare for the first test-firing of the SLS core stage at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

The last official schedule from NASA had the first SLS test launch in March 2021, but managers have said for months that schedule was no longer achievable. After a thorough review, NASA says the first SLS launch — named Artemis 1 — is now planned in November of next year.

The most powerful launch vehicle since the Apollo-era Saturn 5 moon rocket, the Space Launch System will carry an unpiloted Orion crew capsule into space. The Orion spaceship will orbit the moon to demonstrate the capsule’s capabilities and performance before NASA commits to flying astronauts around the moon on the second SLS/Orion flight in late 2022 or early 2023.