May 27th is already a historic date, it is the first manned space flight operated by a private company. SpaceX is preparing to send two astronauts in its own Crew Dragon capsule to the International Space Station (ISS).
What is the ISS ?
It is a space station placed in Earth orbit where teams of astronauts from around the world come together to conduct scientific experiments in the unique weightless conditions unique to this particular location.
This station has been sent into space since 1998 and was completed in 2018, as it took 10 years to assemble the various parts.
Contrary to its name, only a few countries are involved in the programme: the United States, Russia, the European Union, Canada, Japan and Brazil.
NASA gives GO to SpaceX
This is a high point for SpaceX, a space start-up founded in 2002 and its founder Elon Musk.
In these times of Coronavirus crisis, SpaceX had to face a drastic protocol to preserve the health of the astronauts and avoid at all costs the contamination of the International Space Station. Thus, astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, have been under strict quarantine since May 13 and will most likely be tested with VOC-19 just before liftoff.
Since May 21, NASA and SpaceX teams have been at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to perform all the usual pre-launch checks, and it was only today that NASA gave the go-ahead, in the words of NASA boss Jim Bridenstine, for this historic launch aboard the brand-new capsule developed by Space.
“All systems and sub-systems were evaluated and in the end we gave the green light.”Jim Bridenstine, patron de la NASA
A SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher will propel the crew this Wednesday, May 27 at 16:33.
Why is this a historic date for SpaceX?
First of all, this is the first manned space flight operated by a private company. And if the American President, Donald Trump, will be present in person despite the coronavirus crisis, it will be for reasons of national security.
Indeed, SpaceX provides the United States with the technical means to resume human spaceflight after the space shuttles are shut down in 2011.
The Russian capsules were the only ones, since then, to be able to transport astronauts to the ISS aboard the Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
A page is also turned in the era of space capsules since the Crew Dragon capsule is by far the most modern in the world, a worthy successor to the Apollo capsules of the 1960s.
SpaceX sets up a simulator
If you missed the information, we give you back the link to the SpaceX simulator in order to put you in the shoes of the Crew Dra mission astronauts.
SpaceX delivers brand new equipment
If SpaceX has been made famous in part thanks to launchers returning to their launch zone after a spectacular takeoff. NASA asked SpaceX to build a brand new Dragon Crew capsule for the occasion.
Spectacular images of the SpaceX capsule have been published on Twitter by SpaceX since Saturday.
It is in 2014 that SpaceX unveiled the 3D vision of what we will experience on Wednesday. A brand new launch pad, an ultra-modern, spacious capsule with touch screen and new uniforms.
The astronauts will therefore benefit from completely new equipment to carry out the Crew Demo-2 mission.
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