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In Florida, SpaceX is preparing for the first astronaut flight test designed to deliver astronauts.
Despite the fact that Crew Dragon Capsule will not have a man to quell SpaceX Falcon 9 on Saturday morning, assuming the schedule is not slipping, it is still a huge deal for the US space shuttle.
The reason for this is that in 2011, NASA retired from the spacecraft, the agency had to rely on Russian space vehicles to get astronauts to the International Space Station. John Logsdon, a historian at George Washington University, says this SpaceX flight test is the first step towards restoring the nation's capabilities.
"And since this is the first step," says Logsdon, "there is a sort of transcendent significance beyond the event."
The last time SpaceX conducted a big flight test, the company tested the big new Falcon Heavy rocket by launching a cherry red convertible Tesla on a celestial legacy – the rear-facing pictures were wearing the Starman name on the wheel, and ran on the bike. . Accompanied by David Bowie music. So I hope that the upcoming launch will be a fun show.
After all, SpaceX's founder is a well-known showman who is rarely boring. Elon Musk's mission is to colonize Mars, and his company has been pursuing this goal semi-systematically over the past decade. The launch of satellite launch services has started at the lower prices and then flew to NASA's international space station. Now flight testing is the first staffing vehicle.
"Human space flight is basically the mission of SpaceX," said Hans Koenigsmann CEO, who gave a lecture to the speakers. "So we are very excited to do this. Nothing is more important to us than this endeavor."
The latest test will be on another mannequin on board. It will be all kinds of sensors to find out that a real person experiences the journey. "Human body responses are naturally measured and the environment is measured," says Koenigsmann. "We want to make sure everything is perfect."
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The white bell-shaped staff in the dragon has seven space astronauts, which is basically a loaded version of the SpaceX robot's cargo ship. If the capsule is planned to fly and everything is checked, it will travel to the space station and dock. The three astronauts in the three lobbies will be able to open the opening and enter the load and unload the cargo before the capsule returns to Earth and splashes across the Atlantic.
This means people are involved in this mission, and NASA and SpaceX have focused on security. "We are doing things that are very risky for most normal people not to do," says NASA Bill Gerstenmaier, who notes that his agency and SpaceX have different cultures. He thinks this was a good thing, as they worked together to create a private taxi service that NASA could use to get astronauts to the space station, freeing NASA to focus on building a huge rocket for deep space exploration.
"It is fun with a new partner who approaches the problem in a slightly different way. They do not carry the same backgrounds we did in NASA and do not approach design as we do it," says Gerstenmaier. . – And this is good. I mean, it's pretty nice.
NASA has already picked up a few veteran travelers who are the first to start the Team Dragon, assuming the Saturday test and others are doing well.
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Kathy Lueders, head of the NASA Commercial Team, says she has recently escorted the two astronauts to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to visit the SpaceX vehicle that gets up.
"And he has really offered us to prepare, and we realized that the next vehicle we will be on the bench will be our crew flight test," says Lueders.
This experimental flight test can take place in July.
Boeing, another company that works with NASA, is also working on the first flight of the new astronaut. This is called Starliner and an unexpected flight test is expected in April.