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SpaceX’s 1st Crew Dragon Test Flight to Launch Jan. 7, NASA Says

We now know when SpaceX’s new wanderer cab will conduct to circuit for a initial time.

The lass moody of the Crew Dragon capsule — an uncrewed exam goal to a International Space Station (ISS) called Demo-1 — is scheduled to launch Jan. 7, NASA officials announced now (Nov. 21).

Crew Dragon will lift off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from a ancestral Launch Complex 39A during NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, that also served as a jumping-off indicate for Apollo moon missions and space convey flights over a years. [In Photos: A Behind-the-Scenes Look during SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Spaceship]

SpaceX is building Crew Dragon to packet astronauts to and from a ISS, underneath a multibillion-dollar agreement with NASA. The initial crewed exam moody of a capsule, famous as Demo-2, is now targeted for Jun 2019; an in-flight “abort test” that proves out Crew Dragon’s emergency-escape systems will take place between a dual proof missions, NASA officials pronounced in today’s update

The robotic load chronicle of Dragon has been drifting uncrewed resupply missions to a ISS given 2010, underneath a apart SpaceX agreement with NASA.

Aerospace hulk Boeing also binds a NASA commercial-crew contract, that it seeks to perform regulating the  CST-100 Starliner capsule. Starliner’s uncrewed and crewed exam flights are scheduled to take place in Mar 2019 and Aug 2019, respectively, with an in-flight cancel exam sandwiched between a two.

Starliner will fly atop United Launch Alliance Atlas V rockets for a foreseeable future.

NASA is counting on SpaceX and Boeing to finish a United States’ coherence on Russian Soyuz rockets and booster to get astronauts to and from a orbiting lab. This has been a conditions given Jul 2011, when NASA grounded a space convey swift after 30 years of operation.

The many new Soyuz organisation launch toward a ISS, on Oct. 11, had to be aborted after a rocket gifted problems about 2 mins into flight. The dual crewmembers, NASA wanderer Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, done a protected puncture alighting in their Soyuz spacecraft.

An review traced a means of a launch disaster to a deformed sensor, that led to an aberrant subdivision of one of a Soyuz’s 4 strap-on boosters.

The subsequent crewed Soyuz ISS launch is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Mike Wall’s book about a hunt for visitor life, “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Karl Tate) is out now. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us @Spacedotcomor Facebook. Originally published on Space.com

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