NASA Says SpaceX Test 'Crucial Step' Towards Proving Safety

Dragon crew capsule atop rocket

Elon Musk's SpaceX was due to launch an unmanned crew capsule atop a Falcon 9 rocket early on Saturday bound for the International Space Station, a major step toward NASA's goal of reviving the USA human spaceflight program this year.

Boeing is also in the race to end NASA's eight-year drought of launching USA astronauts on US rockets from US soil.

"I guarantee that not everything will work exactly right".

Rocket with satellites for a global Internet started
Groupe Secondaire St Pierre Nkombo will be the first school to benefit from the broadband satellite. A total of 16 O3b satellites were flown to space by four Soyuz-ST rockets over the past five years.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen after being raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A February 28, 2019.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first privately developed spacecraft created to ferry US astronauts to orbit since NASA's shuttle was retired eight years ago is on track for blastoff on an unpiloted test flight early Saturday.

Vladimir Solovyev, the mission control flight director for Russia's mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gave instructions to the station commander, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, on actions during the planned docking of the US Crew Dragon vehicle to the station's US segment. "It´s different", said Mark Geyer, director of the Johnson Space Center, where USA astronauts are based. "Those Florida mosquitoes, they can get in anywhere", said NASA's commercial crew program manager, Kathy Lueders.

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Human spaceflight is basically the core mission of SpaceX. Ripley is similar to Starman, which blasted off a year ago in the driver's seat of Musk's red Tesla convertible, on a test launch of the company's bigger Falcon Heavy rocket. Ripley and the crew craft are expected to dock with the International Space Station on Sunday. The liftoff scheduled is for 2:49 a.m. - yes, that's very early Saturday morning.

"We are on the precipice of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttles in 2011", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a Twitter statement. Then, on Friday, March 8 at around 2:30 a.m. ET, the capsule will leave the space station and some five hours later fall through Earth's atmosphere. Boeing's competing CST-100 Starliner has an Orbital Flight Test slated to occur in April, with plans for a crewed mission in August.

The crew capsule is based on the ISS cargo freighter but incorporates life-support systems and more powerful thrusters to push the vessel to safety if something goes wrong with the rocket.

European Union moots extending Brexit deadline by some months
Ahead of Wednesday's debate, Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed Brexit during a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. Corbyn announced on Monday that Labour would support a second Brexit referendum if the amendment was defeated.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is seen as it is raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A as preparations continue for the Demo-1 mission, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

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