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First crewed SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launch could happen in Q2 this year

SpaceX and NASA hosted a press conference following their successful evaluation of the Crew Dragon’s in-flight abort system on Sunday to discuss the mission and next steps. The first question asked by media in attendance was about what this means for the timeline for a mission with actual gang on board, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk added an answer sketching out a rough planned of events.

” The hardware necessary for the first crewed open, we conceive will be ready by the end of February ,” he said.” Nonetheless, there’s still a lot of work once the equipment want to only cross-check everything, triple-check, quadruple-check, go over everything everything again until every every stone has been turned over three or four times. And then there’s also the following schedule for getting to the Space Station, because the Space Station has a lot of mint of things was just going to it, so what’s the right timing because, and the collective wisdom at this point is that we think that hardware will be ready in q1, most likely in February, but no later than March, and that we think it emerges probable that the first crewed launching would occur in the second fourth .”

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine followed up with additional perspective from the agency’s back , noting that there could be some shifting mission constants for that first trip that change the timing of when it actually goes up.

” I recall, I think that’s a very fair assessment ,” Bridenstine said.” I would also say we have to meet some decisions on our death from a NASA perspective. Do we want that first crew to be a short duration, or do we want it to be a longer duration? If it’s going to be a longer period, then we have to have some additional trained for our astronauts to actually be prepared to do things on the International Space Station that we weren’t planning to have that initial test crew inevitably do .”

Bridenstine added that those decisions will be made in the” coming weeks ,” and depending on whether they opt to make this first assignment a rapid expedition, or a longer duration mission with more objectives, it could change their timing due to scheduling and training requirements for the cosmonauts actually going up aboard Crew Dragon.

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