Why It's Important: For decades, NASA leaders met at Kennedy Space Center to analyze each mission for approval until the last American boat was retired in 2011. A mission that will bring America a step closer to launching its own astronauts: Testflight 1 with Dragon Dragon.
On March 2, at 2:48 am, an unmanned dragon will launch at the Falcon 9 rocket in the Kennedy Space Center, and after 24 hours the dragon will launch its automatic dock with the International Space Station. He will spend several days collecting space data, since astronauts and NASA estimate any damage caused by launch before returning to Earth, where parachutes will send him to the landing in the ocean. This is almost the same process that SpaceX hopes that a piloted dragon will take place later this year.
This mission is one of the most important over the years, and rates are high. The launch of SpaceX is their chance to bring NASA that they deserve potentially billions of dollars in contract missions over the next few years. For NASA this is a chance to return to the game and send astronauts to the International Space Station under their own authority and the opportunity to study.
For Russia, however, the news is less positive: during the past eight years they had a monopoly on the ability to launch manned missions to the ISS, which placed a lot of power and money in Putin's hands. Russian representatives at the meeting expressed their concern that the Dragon does not have any back-up computer systems and could crash into the ISS if the docking computer is damaged at launch, endangering astronauts on board and cutting off human access to the Cosmos.
However, NASA is not too worried, and they are confident they will prove to the Russians that the spacecraft is safe enough for a week. "I guarantee that everything will not be right and it's cool," said Bill Gerstenmeier, NASA's associate manager of the space flight program. NASA adopts an uncharacteristic "rather good" approach for this mission, and not their strictly strict requirements.
"I guarantee that everything will not work properly, and it's cool."
The flight of the crew, but we know that the hardware is good enough for this flight. We expect to know some things. We want to maximize our training.
Although the mission will be completely in the hands of SpaceX, NASA will have full access to data to track any potential risks to humans. Flood pressure vessels, which are special containers protecting explosive rocket fuel from launch pressures, fuel delivery systems delivering fuel to boosters, and parachutes that must be rigid enough to handle unexpected weather conditions. Also a dummy on board to see what the physical loads of astronauts will be.
The meeting ended on the night of the evening with enthusiastic but nervous smiles. The dragon takes the flight in just a week, and after the second mission of testing emergency measures in April, the dragon will be ready to receive American astronauts Doug Hurley. Bob Becken in the summer to outer space.