NASA astronauts will fly to the ISS on the ship and the rocket Space X

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NASA astronauts will fly to the ISS on the ship and the rocket Space X

Probably all of us would like to leave the planet right now, but it will only be two American astronauts Hurley and Behnken. Both astronauts – veterans of space flights, both started out as military pilots, and in 2000 became NASA astronauts. Over the last 10 years, they never left the Kennedy Space center in Florida – ever since NASA discontinued the Space shuttle program in 2011. All this time American astronauts flew to the ISS on rockets with Russian cosmonauts. The first 10 years of launching astronauts to the ISS, which will be held in the USA, scheduled for may 27 at 16:32 (23:32 Moscow time) from the launch pad at the space center Kennedy. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft to the ISS will deliver the Falcon 9 rocket. On Board will be two NASA astronauts Doug Hurley (Hurley Doug) and Bob Behnken (Bob Behnken). Despite the pandemic of coronavirus, the space Agency did not cancel the launch. Watch this landmark event will be online, but previously it was assumed that the launch will gather thousands of spectators. To start allow a limited number of journalists. The mission will be the first test flight of the spacecraft with SpaceX crew on Board.

How Elon Musk conquering space

Recall that in the past decade, NASA astronauts flew on Board «Union», and the cost exceeded $ 80 million – at a cost of $ 5 million. Right now the ISS is one NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and two Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin and John Wagner, which started on April 9 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Crew Crew Dragon will arrive next month. Earlier in April, SpaceX and NASA took part in the training of the emergency doctrine, thus demonstrating that the crew can successfully evacuate . This mission will also be the first for the head of SpaceX Elon musk. Before its Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo to the International space station and back. As reported by CNBC, the duration of the mission is not yet defined. Initially it was assumed that the flight will last only 10 days or so, now it is expected to take several months, possibly up to 110 days. To return the astronauts use Crew Dragon capsule, which will land on the coast in Florida.

For the development of the capsules NASA worked with SpaceX and Boeing, but the program has undergone more than two years of delays. The delay was at SpaceX in April 2019, an explosion occurred during testing of the engines of the ship Dragon, more . The mission with the crew, which originally was to be held in 2019, was postponed to 2020. Since then, the aerospace company of Elon successfully conducted 26 trials of its streamlined parachute system to confirm its suitability to run with the crew, as well as numerous simulation and testing interruption of flight.

NASA Astronauts Hurley and Behnken working together for more than 10 years.

I Note that SpaceX has been allocated $ 2.6 billion for the development of Crew Dragon. It is also noteworthy that for SpaceX it will be the first manned mission since inception 18 years ago. The mission of the crew aboard the Crew Dragon will be the final test flight for SpaceX before the company will be certified . In December last year, Boeing launched an unmanned test flight of his capsule CST-100 Cockpit, but software errors and oversights prevented the planned connection with the space station. Now Boeing is planning another test flight at the end of the year, pushing the first manned mission in 2021.

Start during a pandemic

Unfortunately, the pandemic CoVID-19 is a serious complication of the already complicated set of interrelated measures that ensure the continuous presence of astronauts on Board the International space station. NASA is negotiating with the Russian space Agency about additional security measures while sending to the ISS on future missions this year. Plans to send to the ISS NASA astronaut Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins and Shannon Walker, and a Japanese astronaut, Noguchi Soichi. Well, we are going to look forward to this historic event, which will take place pretty soon.

Before you render the docking of the SpaceX Crew Dragon to ISS.

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