NASA has given the green light for SpaceX to Elon Musk to start the first unmanned test of his seven-seater Dragon Crew Cap on March 2, after having undergone a full-day review, prompting the space agency to take another step toward replacing the retired space shuttle program after years of delay and ending its dependence on the agreed Russian soldiers missiles. The test flight was originally scheduled for January but was later delayed to complete the hardware testing and other reviews. As for Space.com, NASA and SpaceX officials have already completed an in-depth review of the Dragon crew's capabilities, called a flight readiness review, with NASA's Katie Leeders Program Manager telling reporters to check the ship .
Flight date aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 is scheduled for 2:48 am ET on March 2, at NASA. The Florida-based Kennedy Space Center – with a backup date of 5, 8 or 9 March, if the mission is delayed due to technical problems or poor conditions on the day of the launch. This puts SpaceX away from competitor Boeing, whose CST-100 Starliner is not scheduled for its first test date until April. This month, SpaceX plans to test the Crew Dragon Emergency Disarm System, which uses SuperDraco engines to drive the capsule away from danger in the event of an accident. If everything goes on a plan that is far from being guaranteed, Crew Dragon will be appointed as a piloted mission in July, according to Space.com.
During this initial test, according to Verge, the Crew Dragon will remain in orbit until early March 3, when it will attempt to board the International Space Station. A week later, they will descend into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. reporters said, "I do not think this will be a problem once we go through the details of why it's safe, and we can explain to them the details of why we're moving forward."
Space.com said the flight readiness review revealed several minor issues with "various Dragon & Crew systems including its pushers and parachutes," but NASA officials said they expected all problems to be resolved until the date of placing on the market. he will learn something about this flight, "said Gerstenmayer, according to the France-Press agency. "I guarantee that everything will not work that way and that's cool – that's what we want to do … We want to increase our training so that when … we're ready to do a real crew mission, and We'll be right about our crews. "
This is not the only major development of SpaceX from late: Musk this week published a tweet that will use one of its first Falcon 9 stages for a record fourth time during the emergency crash test, expects a "high probability" of the test leading to its destruction 59004] (19459027)