NASA gave green light for SpaceX Elon Musk to launch the first unmanned test on March 2 after he passed the whole day of the survey, took the space agency one step before replacing the retired program space shuttle after many years of delays and the end of its dependence on the contract Russian missiles Soyuz.
The test flight was initially scheduled for January, but was later delayed to complete the testing of hardware and other reviews. At Space.com, NASA and SpaceX officials completed an in-depth review of the crew's capabilities, which is called flight readiness testing. The dock from the space station is safe and defenseless, and does not pose a danger to the International Space Station. "
The flight date, on board the SpaceX Falcon 9 missile, is scheduled for 2:48 AM ET on March 2 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (Florida) with backup dates on March 5, 8 or 9 if the mission is delayed due to technical problems or poor conditions. on the launch day. This puts SpaceX ahead of Boeing's competitors, whose CST-100 Starliner is not scheduled for the first untested testing date by April. This month, SpaceX plans to test the Crew Dragon emergency shutdown system, which uses SuperDraco engines to promote the capsule away from the danger in the event of an emergency. If everything goes according to a plan that is far from guaranteed, the crew dragon will be scheduled for a mission in July, Space.com reports.
During this initial test, according to Verge, the crew dragon will remain in orbit before March 3 when it tries to fix it with the International Space Station. A week later, he will stumble across the Atlantic Ocean near the Florida coast. He told reporters, "I do not think this will be a problem as soon as we go through the details of why it is safe and we can explain to them the details of why we are moving forward."
that consideration of flight readiness revealed several minor problems with "various dragon crew systems, including its engines and parachute", but NASA officials said they expect all problems to be resolved before the launch date. Something will know about this flight, "said Gerstenmeier, according to Agence France-Presse. "I guarantee that everything will not be right and it's cool – that's exactly what we want to do … We want to maximize our training when … we are ready to go make a real mission with the crew, and this
It Not the only major development from SpaceX later: Musk this week wrote that he would use one of his early stages of Falcon 9 for a record fourth time during an emergency release, although he expected a "high probability" of the test that led to its destruction. 19659005] [Space.com/The Verge]