SpaceX Takes Another Step Toward Launching Crewed Missions to Space

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After SpaceX's Crew Dragon successful-safety abort test on Sunday, Elon Musk is ready to launch his space taxi on its first crewed flight to the International Space Station (ISS) ferrying NASA astronauts possibly in the second quarter of this year. Reportedly, the Falcon 9 rocket with Crew Dragon spacecraft launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida and in about 84 seconds, SpaceX demonstrated Dragon's ability to eject from the rocket during an emergency.

Elon Musk, who also runs both SpaceX and the electric vehicle company, used Teslas to get around Kennedy Space Center for Sunday's launch escape test. It's just going to be wonderful to get astronauts back into orbit from American soil after nearly a decade of not being able to do so. "That's just super exciting". NASA astronauts have not launched from the US since 2011 when the space shuttle program ended.

SpaceX is postponing a launch of another batch of its internet satellites that was set for Tuesday afternoon, due to "extreme weather" in the rocket's recovery zone in the Atlantic Ocean, the company said. The used Falcon 9 rocket didn't survive the test intact. Everything seemed to be going well, despite the turbulent sea and cloudy sky. Dragon and Falcon 9 rocket took off at 15:30 UTC.

Both Bridenstine and Musk said they are looking forward to next steps, which includes additional parachute tests and analyzing the data collected from the Crew Dragon capsule. Nonetheless, because of the tough weather conditions SpaceX has no longer but finalized the launch date. "But I wouldn't be surprised and that wouldn't be a bad outcome if that's what we saw". "But, of course, from the point of view of trust, if you ever get into such a situation, the Dragon will be able to quickly lead us away from the accelerator". "The system is forecast to be close enough to Florida to bring an increase in clouds, as well as a threat for low topped coastal showers into the backup launch window on Wednesday".

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Astronauts launched by SpaceX in coming months will ride to their rockets in high fashion. Tourists and locals gathered a nearby visitor complex and nearby beaches to see the dramatic fiery spectacle of an uncontrolled rocket.

NASA has a similar contract with Boeing, which has developed the Starliner spacecraft for manned flights. A top priority for 2020, the company has said, is to send founder Richard Branson into space to celebrate his 70th year on Earth. The whole test was deemed a success, which means SpaceX is moving towards their goal of International Space Station transportation.

Excited onlookers anxiously awaited the test, their cameras poised in a grassy area at the NASA press site.

But following a static fire test on Monday, the company tweeted that its team is evaluating what the next best launch opportunity may be.

In October 2018, Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin and USA astronaut Nick Hague were forced to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan after their flight to the ISS was cut short by an engine booster failure. During the abortion, they experienced up to seven times greater gravity, but left the accident. But before putting humans on board, SpaceX needed to prove the capsule's escape system would work in the event that a failure occurred during launch.

As the Dragon case terminated its departure motors, the Falcon sponsor underneath lost streamlined soundness, broke separated and detonated in an enormous bundle of fire.

"Obviously, we want to avoid this", he added quickly, taking note of all NASA personnel around him.



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