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The lift-off on May 27, with two NASA astronauts, is a flight test to certify if SpaceX’s transportation system can ferry crew to and from the International Space Station regularly.The lift-off on May 27, with two NASA astronauts, is a flight test to certify if SpaceX’s transportation system can ferry crew to and from the International Space Station regularly.

Explained: What is the SpaceX Demo-2 mission, set to launch next week? | Explained News,The Indian Express

For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running the show.Elon Musk's SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station.The curtain rises next Wednesday with the scheduled liftoff of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule with two NASA astronauts, a test flight years in the making. SpaceX running the showFor the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running the show.Elon Musk's SpaceX is the conductor and NASA the customer as businesses begin chauffeuring astronauts to the International Space Station.The curtain rises next Wednesday with the scheduled liftoff of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule with two NASA astronauts, a test flight years in the making. SpaceX running the show

NASA, SpaceX bringing astronaut launches back to home turf - SpaceX running the show | The Economic Times

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“Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon are vertical on the launch pad https://t.co/2nw9h0jxde”

SpaceX on Twitter: "Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon are vertical on the launch pad… "

“Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 in the hangar at Launch Complex 39A”

SpaceX on Twitter: "Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 in the hangar at Launch Complex 39A… "

“President Trump says he's "thinking" about going to the SpaceX rocket launch next week and tells reporters, "I'd like to put you on the rocket and get rid of you for a while" https://t.co/Nj065CIsxp https://t.co/eNIIS3Jgox”

CBS News on Twitter: "President Trump says he's "thinking" about going to the SpaceX rocket launch next week and tells reporters, "I'd like to put you on the rocket and get rid of you for a while" https://t.co/Nj065CIsxp… https://t.co/B6YhYi6iAP"

“What a sight. @SpaceX Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon are vertical on the launch pad. 🚀 #LaunchAmerica #CrewDragon #NASASocial https://t.co/90V4Ud0DKa”

Jack Phan on Twitter: "What a sight. @SpaceX Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon are vertical on the launch pad. 🚀 #LaunchAmerica #CrewDragon #NASASocial… https://t.co/ufB63GeZl1"

President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he would like to put journalists in the NASA and SpaceX rocket launch next week and send them away "for a while."President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he would like to put journalists in the NASA and SpaceX rocket launch next week and send them away "for a while."

Trump Says He'd Like to Launch Journos in SpaceX Rocket

President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that he was considering attending the upcoming SpaceX rocket launch, which will feature the first NASA-manned mission to space on a privately built ship. In the brief remarks, the president also encouraged reporters to join him on the trip, joking that he’d like to put some of them on the […]President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that he was considering attending the upcoming SpaceX rocket launch, which will feature the first NASA-manned mission to space on a privately built ship. In the brief remarks, the president also encouraged reporters to join him on the trip, joking that he’d like to put some of them on the […]

Trump Tells Reporters He May Attend SpaceX Launch, Jokes: ‘I’d Like To Put You On The Rocket’ | The Daily Wire

ABC News plans live coverage of joint mission between NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX to send two astronauts to the International Space StationABC News plans live coverage of joint mission between NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX to send two astronauts to the International Space Station

ABC News, National Geographic Set Live Special to Cover SpaceX Launch – Variety

The lives of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, plus the future of American spaceflight, are riding on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship.The lives of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, plus the future of American spaceflight, are riding on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship.

Why SpaceX's next rocket launch is so important to NASA and Elon Musk - Business Insider

Crew Dragon has arrived at launchpad 39A ahead of next week's launch.The spacecraft rolled to the launch pad atop a Falcon 9 rocket overnight.

SpaceX Crew Dragon reaches launch pad for historic NASA astronaut launch | Space

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See SpaceX Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 go vertical on the launchpad - CNET

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Donald Trump on Thursday (May 21) said he could attend next week's launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon craft in Florida, the first manned space flight from US soil in nearly a decade.. Read more at straitstimes.com.United States News -WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Donald Trump on Thursday (May 21) said he could attend next week's launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon craft in Florida, the first manned space flight

Trump says may attend SpaceX manned rocket launch, United States News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

SpaceX Director of Crew Mission Management Benji Reed said he expects a "high chance" of bad weather delaying next week's astronaut launch.SpaceX Director of Crew Mission Management Benji Reed said he expects a "high chance" of bad weather delaying next week's astronaut launch.

SpaceX Says “High Chance” Human Launch Will Be Pushed Back

SpaceX Director of Crew Mission Management Benji Reed said he expects a "high chance" of bad weather delaying next week's astronaut launch.SpaceX Director of Crew Mission Management Benji Reed said he expects a "high chance" of bad weather delaying next week's astronaut launch.

SpaceX Says "High Chance" Human Launch Will Be Pushed Back

On 27 May, NASA will launch people into space from U.S. soil for the first time since 2011, when the space shuttle Atlantis roared aloft on its final voyage. This time, astronauts will be riding to the International Space Station (ISS) not on a NASA rocket, but aboard vehicles bought from the private space company SpaceX: the Dragon 2 capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The occasion marks yet another milestone for the private California company, which over the past decade has gone from underdog to dominator. SpaceX now handles about two-thirds of NASA's launches, including many research payloads, with flights as cheap as $62 million, roughly half the price of a rocket from United Launch Alliance, a competitor. SpaceX's goals are not limited to low-Earth orbit: Last month it won a contract to build a Moon lander, and it is steadily testing a huge heavy-lift rocket, called Starship, that could carry people to Mars. Researchers see both benefits and risks in the company's increasing power. It has lowered the cost of spaceflight through innovations such as reusable stages and fairings, saving NASA money. With its outsize capacity, Starship could cheaply put large telescopes in orbit and heavy science experiments on moons and planets. Yet SpaceX, with a fast-and-loose Silicon Valley mindset, has overlooked the potential for its technologies to contaminate night skies and pristine planets. Some worry the company, led by brazen billionaire Elon Musk, could jeopardize NASA's long-standing culture of safety. “NASA tries to model everything to the nth degree,” says David Todd, an analyst at Seradata, which tracks launches and satellites. “SpaceX works on the basis of ‘test it until it breaks.’” Between 2006 and 2008, the first three flights of its Falcon 1 rocket ended in failure. SpaceX pivoted to a larger Falcon 9 rocket in 2010, and began to deliver cargo to the ISS for NASA 2 years later. Since then, its ambitions have grown. “A lot of other space companies are trying to win contracts,” says Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). “SpaceX is trying to get to Mars. It turns out that having a goal can be economically successful.” The upcoming crewed flight could displace the Russian rockets NASA has hired—at a hefty price—to carry humans to the ISS since 2011. Cheaper, more frequent flights could improve the biomedical and physical science experiments aboard the station, says industry analyst Laura Forczyk, owner of the space consulting firm Astralytical. “More people equals more research,” she says. SpaceX has boosted NASA science in other ways, delivering the climate-observing Jason-3 satellite and the planet-seeking Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite to orbit. In 2022, it is set to launch the Psyche mission to a metallic asteroid, in the first NASA launch of a Falcon Heavy, which sits between the Falcon 9 and Starship in its propulsive power ( Science , 26 January 2018, p. [376][1]). But it's the company's upcoming Starship that has designers of science missions salivating. SpaceX has not announced a date for an inaugural flight, but has built six prototypes at a pace of nearly one per month. (Three have been accidentally destroyed in testing.) The steel alloy capsule and its superheavy booster stand 120 meters tall, towering over the Saturn V that carried people to the Moon. Last year, Musk said full reusability and thrifty use of propellant would drop the cost of each Starship launch to $2 million. Todd suggests $10 million per flight might be more realistic. The rocket's 9-meter-diameter cargo hold could easily accommodate giant celestial observatories, such as the proposed Habitable Exoplanet Observatory, which would directly image distant planets. One reason for the endless delays afflicting the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, has been the need to fold up its segmented 6.5-meter mirror to fit aboard a European Ariane 5 rocket, says CfA astrophysicist Martin Elvis. A viable Starship could also create political pressure to scupper the Space Launch System (SLS), the NASA-developed heavy-lift rocket that is supposed to power the agency back to the Moon and on to Mars at a whopping $900 million per launch—if it ever launches. Its debut has repeatedly slipped, and is now expected at the end of 2021. Just 1 or 2 years later, it is supposed to carry astronauts to lunar orbit, but McDowell doubts it will remain in production for very long. “If Starship works, that's the death knell for SLS,” he says. ![Figure][2]</img> CREDITS: (GRAPHIC) X. LIU/ SCIENCE ; (DATA) JONATHAN MCDOWELL/CFA SpaceX, along with private companies Blue Origin and Dynetics, was chosen in April to design lunar landers for astronauts and supplies. SpaceX put forth the Starship capsule as its lander, which could launch atop its own booster or a NASA-built one. There would be plenty of room for scientists to piggyback experiments, such as a radio telescope to peer back to the earliest era of galaxy formation from the Moon's far side, says Steve Clarke, NASA's deputy associate administrator for scientific exploration. Yet SpaceX's haste to go big could also cause trouble for scientists. The Starship lander will be much heavier than the spindly lunar module of the Apollo missions. The dust and rocks it kicks up could rise into lunar orbit, creating an interfering haze for other landers and threatening satellites and outposts, Elvis says. The company's long-standing goal to colonize Mars has the potential to contaminate the planet with terrestrial microbes that could confound researchers, he adds. SpaceX did not respond to requests for comment for this article. In recent months, the company has aroused the ire of astronomers with the launch of hundreds of Starlink satellites, which are intended to deliver high-speed internet to remote areas. From the ground, the satellites appear surprisingly bright because of their low orbits, and they have left disruptive trails on the cameras of survey telescopes. “I don't think they intended to screw up people's skies,” says Megan Donahue, president of the American Astronomical Society. “It was just because nobody asked that question of them.” SpaceX is trying to mitigate the issue. Some satellites in the next batch, set to launch soon after the crewed test, will be blackened and equipped with visors that block sunlight. Donahue praises the company for working with researchers to address the problems. “We're all into science,” she says. But the episode has reminded space scientists not to underestimate SpaceX's potential impacts on their fields. Although Musk is often too bullish about the time scales for his projects, McDowell says, he tends to realize his dreams in the end. “[Musk] has strengths and weaknesses. His overoptimism is kind of both.” Correction (21 May 2020): An earlier version of the story misattributed a cost estimate to fly Starship. The source of the estimate is David Todd, not Laura Forczyk. [1]: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/359/6374/376 [2]: pending:yes

Crewed launch deepens ties between NASA and SpaceX | Science

Final preparations underway for historic crewed launch from Space CoastFinal preparations underway for historic crewed launch from Space Coast

Final preparations underway for historic crewed launch from Space Coast

A NASA chief has quit in mysterious circumstances just days before a historic spaceflight is set to take place.A NASA chief has quit in mysterious circumstances just days before a historic spaceflight is set to take place.

NASA mystery: Space chief shockingly QUITS without reason days before historic mission | Science | News | Express.co.uk

NASA and SpaceX are urging spectators to stay at home next Wednesday for safety reasons, but officials in Brevard County, home to the Kennedy Space Center, are rolling out the welcome mat in an effort to jump-start a tourism industry hit hard this spring by coronavirus-related lockdowns.NASA and SpaceX are urging spectators to stay at home next Wednesday for safety reasons, but officials in Brevard County, home to the Kennedy Space Center, are rolling out the welcome mat in an effort to jump-start a tourism industry hit hard this spring by coronavirus-related lockdowns.

Will virus keep Florida spectators from astronaut launch? | CTV News

Next week will be the first time astronauts have been launched from Cape Canaveral in nine years.Next week will be the first time astronauts have been launched from Cape Canaveral in nine years.

Nasa tells spectators to stay away from launch but sheriff says they are welcome

Authorities aren't certain how large the crowds will be, especially in this age of social distancing. With COVID-19, cops not certain how large crowds will be

Police Prep for Crowds, Traffic for Crewed SpaceX Launch

NASA and SpaceX are urging spectators to stay at home next Wednesday for safety reasons due to the coronavirus pandemicNASA and SpaceX are urging spectators to stay at home next Wednesday for safety reasons due to the coronavirus pandemic

NASA Urge Spectators to Stay Away From Astronaut Launch | Time

Watch a livestream of Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A, where a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule are standing ahead of launching astronauts.Watch a livestream of Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A, where a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon capsule are standing ahead of launching astronauts.

Stream: Watch live view of SpaceX's pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center

The delay comes just days before SpaceX was due to launch astronauts from American soil for the first time since 2011.The delay comes just days before SpaceX was due to launch astronauts from American soil for the first time since 2011.

NASA delays giving green light to historic SpaceX astronaut launch | Science & Tech News | Sky News

President Trump expressed that he was interested in going to Florida next week to watch Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket blast off with NASA astronauts from American soil for the first time.President Trump expressed that he was interested in going to Florida next week to watch Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket blast off with NASA astronauts from American soil for the first time.

Trump wants to see Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket's manned takeoff | Daily Mail Online

The Demo-2 launch, carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, will lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 27.The Demo-2 launch, carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, will lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 27.

How to watch NASA and SpaceX launch historic Commercial Crew flight to the ISS

On Thursday, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft arrived at launch pad 39A Kennedy Space Center and was raised into a vertical position.On Thursday, the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft arrived at launch pad 39A Kennedy Space Center and was raised into a vertical position.

Titusville Police Department has issued a traffic advisory and accompanying video for citizens and visitors ahead of the upcoming manned SpaceX Crew Dragon launch.Titusville Police Department has issued a traffic advisory and accompanying video for citizens and visitors ahead of the upcoming manned SpaceX Crew Dragon launch.

Titusville Police Releases Traffic Advisory For Manned NASA, SpaceX Launch May 27 from KSC

The Georgia man who filmed cellphone video of Ahmaud Arbery&rsquo;s fatal shooting was arrested Thursday and charged with murder in his death. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old William &ldquo;Roddie&rdquo; Bryan was arrested on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. No other details were given. The GBI said in a statement that it would hold a news conference Friday morning. Arbery was slain Feb.The Georgia man who filmed cellphone video of Ahmaud Arbery&rsquo;s fatal shooting was arrested Thursday and charged with murder in his death. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old William &ldquo;Roddie&rdquo; Bryan was arrested on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. No other details were given. The GBI said in a statement that it would hold a news conference Friday morning. Arbery was slain Feb.

Man who filmed Arbery shooting video charged in his slaying | WPEC

Man who filmed Arbery shooting video charged in his slaying

A letter written by Dr. Simone Gold of Los Angeles, and signed by hundreds of other doctors from around the country, is urging the president to end the virus lockdown in the United States. The letter calls the shutdown a "mass casualty incident. "The letter says because of the shelter-in-place orders...A letter written by Dr. Simone Gold of Los Angeles, and signed by hundreds of other doctors from around the country, is urging the president to end the virus lockdown in the United States. The letter calls the shutdown a "mass casualty incident. "The letter says because of the shelter-in-place orders...

Letter from doctors calls on President Trump to end lockdown | KMPH

President Trump on Thursday said that he is considering attending a major rocket launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida next week.President Trump on Thursday said that he is considering attending a major rocket launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida next week.

Trump considering attending rocket launch in Florida | TheHill

President Trump on Thursday said that he is considering attending a major rocket launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida next week.President Trump on Thursday said that he is considering attending a major rocket launch at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida next week.

Trump considering attending rocket launch in Florida | TheHill

When NASA and SpaceX launch the Demo-2 crewed test flight from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, it will be the first time in almost nine years that American astronauts will be leaving earth from an American-made craft. However, when asked if he would attend the launch, President Donald Trump joked he [...]When NASA and SpaceX launch the Demo-2 crewed test flight from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday, it [...]

Donald Trump Quips About Getting 'Rid' of Reporters by Sending Them on SpaceX Rocket Launch

Donald Trump Quips About Getting 'Rid' of Reporters by Sending Them on SpaceX Rocket Launch

The commander and sole American on the International Space Station is excited and ready for the arrival of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.The commander and sole American on the International Space Station is excited and ready for the arrival of astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

SpaceX Falcon 9 rolled out to launch pad

Two astronauts flew to Florida on Wednesday to begin final preparations for launch next week atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the first piloted flight to orbit from U.S. soil since the space shuttle’s retirement nearly nine years ago. Douglas Hurley, the pilot of that final shuttle mission, and spacewalk veteran Robert Behnken landed at […]

Astronauts fly to Florida to prep for historic May 27 launch to space station

SpaceX’s upcoming launch marks a turning point in space exploration for several reasons.SpaceX’s upcoming launch marks a turning point in space exploration for several reasons.

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SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft and its Falcon 9 launcher rolled to the launch pad on May 21. A few hours later, the rocket went vertical, standing 215 feet tall on its perch atop Pad 39A. From here, SpaceX will conduct a static fire test of the rocket’s main engines on Friday, May 22. During that […]

SpaceX Crew Dragon has made its way to the launch pad (Photos)

NASA’S first “all American’ astronaut spaceflight due to take place next week could be cancelled at the last minute. Two astronauts are due to be rocketed to the International Spa…

First 'all American' Nasa astronaut flight in a decade using Elon Musk spaceship could be CANCELLED next week

The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, exactly one week before their historic...The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, exactly one week before their historic...

SpaceX astronauts arrive for first home launch in a decade - MarketWatch

U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit once more. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running the show: Elon Musk’s SpaceX.U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit once more. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running the show: Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

NASA, SpaceX prep for first astronaut launch by a private company - Deseret News

President Trump joked to reporters that he'd like to launch reporters into space "to get rid of you for awhile" during a press gaggle outside the White House on Thursday.President Trump joked to reporters that he'd like to launch reporters into space "to get rid of you for awhile" during a press gaggle outside the White House on Thursday.

Trump jokes he'd like to put reporters in SpaceX rocket 'to get rid of you for awhile' | TheHill

President Trump joked to reporters that he'd like to launch reporters into space "to get rid of you for awhile" during a press gaggle outside the White House on Thursday.President Trump joked to reporters that he'd like to launch reporters into space "to get rid of you for awhile" during a press gaggle outside the White House on Thursday.

Trump jokes he'd like to put reporters in SpaceX rocket 'to get rid of you for awhile' | TheHill

The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA are now at Kennedy Space Center, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight.The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA are now at Kennedy Space Center, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight.

Astronauts arrive for NASA's 1st home launch in decade

It will be the first time a private company, rather than a national government, sends astronauts into orbit. It will be the first time a private company, rather than a national government, sends astronauts into orbit. 

The Space Shuttle Program was always going to end.The Space Shuttle Program was always going to end.

America’s first astronaut launch in 9 years: How did we get here?