Plan to call this Wednesday Launch the United States,versus NASA And company Space X They dispatched the first group of astronauts since the last space shuttle operation in 2011 to leave the United States for the International Space Station, but bad weather conditions at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral (Florida) forced the aircraft to be cancelled.
The next new scheduled date for this historic release is the next Saturday, May 30, 9:22 PM (Spain time).Astronaut at the time Robert Benken with Douglas Hurley NASA will be seated in the capsule Crew Dragon During the launch of the rocket Falcon 9, Also from Elon Musk’s company.
After the pod with two passengers is released, the launcher will land again. While in orbit, mission personnel and ground control personnel will verify that the spacecraft is operating as expected and test the control system, displays and thrusters, and other equipment.
In about 24 hours, the ship will dock at International Space Station (ISS). In principle, this maneuver will be done automatically, but the astronauts and the crew of the orbital complex will be very vigilant in case they have to take manual control if necessary.
After stopping, Behnken and Hurley will enter the station and become Expedition 63 crew members. Demo 2 taskThis is the first set of operations for the “Crew Dragon” test flight. The two will perform various tests related to the space capsule, as well as investigations and other tasks on the ISS.
Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will test the “Crew Dragon” spacecraft. /NASA
Although the spacecraft carried by the two astronauts can stay in orbit for about 110 days, the exact duration of the mission will depend on NASA’s next commercial manned launch.
In any case, when the time is right, Crew Dragon will automatically break away from the two astronauts, leave the space station, and re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere to ease its fall. Big parachute.
After “diving” off the coast of Florida, the two crew members will be picked up by the ship at sea Go to the navigator Take off from SpaceX and will return to Cape Canaveral again.
Through the Demo-2 test mission, the company’s entire manned transportation system will be verified. Elon MuskIncluding launch pads, rockets, spacecraft, and the combat capabilities of your team. This is also the first time NASA astronauts put it into orbit for testing.
Commercial Flight Into Space Program
If the project is successful, this will be the final step of NASA’s certification crew Dragon’s upcoming long-term mission to the space station, which is part of the project. Commercial Crew Plan, Boeing and other companies are also participating.
According to NASA, this certification and the normal operation of the Crew Dragon will enable NASA to continue its technical research on the International Space Station, thereby bringing new benefits to the people of the earth and laying the foundation for future exploration of the moon and Mars. It is the Artemis project, which will bring the first woman and the next man to the surface of the moon in 2024.
The Falcon 9 launcher awaits the launch of the Crew Dragon capsule at Cape Canaveral. /NASA