NASA, SpaceX astronaut launch: What to know

NASA, SpaceX astronaut launch: What to know

Astronaut launch: What to find out about NASA, SpaceX historic launch


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AND DAN, TELL US ABOUT THIS MISSION, AND WHAT WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE IN THE COMING DAY DAN: THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL BE THE ARRIVAL OF THE TWO ASTRONAUTS THAT WILL FLY THE MISSION. THEY SHOULD BE ARRIVING AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER ON THE 20TH, ONE WEEK FOR THEIR LAUNCH. THEY ARE RESTING, TAKING A LITTLE BIT OF A VACATION AND THEY WILL NOT GET ONE AFTER THEIR TRAINING BECAUSE THEY WILL BE IN SPACE FOR AS MANY AS FOUR MONTHS. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME PEOPLE HAVE FLOWN ON A BRAND-NEW SPACECRAFT, THE SPACEX DRAGON, OR ANY NEW UNITED STATES SPACECRAFT SINCE 1981. IT WILL BE A RETURN TO LAUNCHES OF ASTRONAUTS TO THE SPACE COAST SINCE WAY BACK IN 2011, NINE YEARS AGO. THAT IS COMING UP MAY 27. ADRIAN: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CRITICAL TESTS THAT HAD TO BE PERFORMED WITH THIS NEW CRAFT AND TO MAKE SURE IT WOULD WORK? DAN: THE MOST RECENT TEST WAS A BIG ONE, JUST THE FIRST OF THIS MONTH, A TEST OF THE PARACHUTE SYSTEM OF THE DRAGON, THE LANDING SYSTEM THAT PARACHUTES INTO THE OCEAN. THEY HAD TO DO 27 DIFFERENT TEST OF THESE PARACHUTES. TRYING TO GET THEM TO WORK SAFELY AND PROPERLY. ANOTHER BIG TEST WE WATCHED IN JANUARY WAS A RELATED TEST OF THE ABORT SYSTEM. IF A ROCKET GOES UP AND HAS A PROBLEM OR EXPLODES, THIS CAN GET AWAY FROM THAT, ROCKET AWAY FROM THE PROBLEM, SEPARATE FROM THE ROCKET, DEPLOY ITS PARACHUTES, AND SPLASH DOWN SAFELY, SOMETHING THE SPACE SHUTTLE CANNOT DO. A LOT OF TESTS, YEARS AND YEARS OF TESTS UP UNTIL NOW. ADRIAN: A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL WANT TO WATCH THIS AS IT UNFOLDS , BUT SOCIAL DISTANCING, NASA WAS TELLING PEOPLE NOT TO COME AT ALL BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE WE STILL EXPECT PEOPLE TO SHOW UP, SO HOW WILL SOCIAL DISTANCING PLAY IN? DAN: YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE. THAT WILL BE AN ADVENTURE. NASA IS SAYING FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, DO NOT COME TO WATCH OUR LAUNCH, STAY HOME. THE SHERIFF OF BREVARD COUNTY, WAYNE IV, SAYS — WAYNE IVEY SAYS TO COME, TAKE CAUTIONS, DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO, BUT DO WATCH. WHAT WILL HAPPEN? THERE IS A LOT OF ROOM ON THE BEACHES, A LOT OF PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO SPREAD OUT ON THE BEACHES, THE CAUSEWAYS, THE BEACHES OF THE LAGOON IN TITUSVILLE. WHAT WILL HAPPEN? I WILL BE WAITING TO SEE AND WAITING TO FIND OUT. ADRIAN: WE HAVE GOT AN UPCOMING LAUNCH THAT IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN TOMORROW MORNING AND ANOTHER ONE SET FOR SUNDAY. WILL THEY BE ABLE TO PULL THOSE OFF IF THE ONE TOMORROW GETS PUSHED OFF DUE TO WEATHER? DAN: NOT IF THAT HAPPENS. IF IT GETS PUSHED OFF, THE ONE TOMORROW, ATLAS FIVE WILL HOLD RESIDENT AND WILL GET A SECOND CHANCE TO LAUNCH. — HOLD PRECEDENT AND WILL GET A SECOND CHANCE TO LAUNCH. FEWER THAN 24 HOURS APART, IF ALL GOES AS HOPED AND PLANNED, AND ATLAS ROCKET ON SATURDAY AND A SPACEX ROCKET ON SUNDAY, AND PROBABLY NOT SINCE THE 1960’S HAS THAT HAPPENED. ADRIAN: DAN BILLOW OUT OF THE SPACE COAST, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

Astronaut launch: What to find out about NASA, SpaceX historic launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. —

NASA and SpaceX will try to make historical past on Wednesday once they launch astronauts into area from U.S. soil for the primary time since 2011.

A very long time coming

The final time astronauts went into area from U.S. soil was when the House Shuttle Atlantis launched for the ultimate time in 2011. This would be the first time human beings have flown on a model new United States spacecraft since 1981. The rocket will blast off from the identical pad the place the area shuttle final soared in 2011.

It’s a business flight

The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is a part of NASA’s business crew program. This system was began in 2010. It’s funded by the U.S. authorities and administered by NASA by which non-public distributors develop and function automobiles to hold US and worldwide astronauts to and from the Worldwide House Station. SpaceX beat out Boeing to be first.

The astronauts go method again

The 2 astronauts who will check drive SpaceX’s model new rocketship and return human orbital launches to the U.S. are classmates and associates. They’re additionally veteran spacefliers married to veteran spacefliers, and fathers of younger sons. Retired Marine Col. Doug Hurley can be in command of launch and touchdown, a becoming task for the pilot of NASA’s final area shuttle mission. Air Pressure Col. Bob Behnken will oversee rendezvous on the Worldwide House Station.

How lengthy is the journey?

It’s anticipated to take the astronauts about 19 hours to succeed in the Worldwide House Station. Which means they’ll be arriving on the area station Thursday morning. However how lengthy they’ll be there stays unsure. As soon as on the ISS, the astronauts will keep for an undetermined period of time between one month and 110 days, to help the three astronauts already on board with scientific analysis.

NASA needs spectators to remain dwelling

Within the age of coronavirus, Brevard County officers and NASA are break up on whether or not it is a good suggestion for spectators to point out up for subsequent week’s area launch. In unusual occasions, the seashores and roads alongside the House Coast can be full of individuals desperate to witness the primary astronaut launch from Florida in 9 years. NASA and House X are urging individuals to remain at dwelling subsequent Wednesday for security causes. However officers in Brevard County are rolling out the welcome mat in an effort to jump-start a tourism business hit onerous this spring by coronavirus lockdowns.

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