NASA officially made the announcement of the March 2 demonstration flight of the new Crew Dragon spacecraft on Wednesday, which just happens to be on the one-year anniversary of SpaceX's debut of its Falcon Heavy rocket.
Assuming the in-flight test goes well and no other major problems crop up, NASA and SpaceX hope to launch another Crew Dragon this summer, this one carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the station. The capsule, which was supposed to go to the International Space Station (ISS) on January 7, has been delayed twice already since then, Engadget reported.
The overall commercial crew program has suffered extensive delays. The Starliner will blast off from pad 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, riding into space atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. "We always learn from tests".
MarCO CubeSats no longer communicating with Earth
Trajectory data suggests that Wall-E is more than 1 million miles past Mars with EVE being almost 2 million miles past Mars. Wall-E fell silent on December 29, while Eve survived a little longer but stopped talking after January 4.
"These adjustments allow for completion of necessary hardware testing, data verification, remaining NASA and provider reviews, as well as training of flight controllers and mission managers", they added. A crewed test flight, with NASA astronauts Mike Fincke and Nicole Mann, and Boeing astronaut Chris Ferguson, is scheduled for no earlier than August.
If schedules hold, the crewed launches this summer will be the first to take off from USA soil carrying humans to low-Earth orbit since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. After the uncrewed flight tests, Boeing and SpaceX will complete a flight test with crew prior to being certified by NASA for crew rotation missions. Both craft will then have to perform abort tests and a test mission with crew aboard.
NASA's final now contracted Soyuz flight is scheduled for launch in July. This way, the agency will no longer need to rely on the Russian Soyuz capsule.
Mazda celebrates 30 years of MX-5 with Anniversary Edition
Like all 2019 Miata's, the 30th Anniversary Edition relies on a 181-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for motivation. Yesterday Mazda pulled the wraps off a very special MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition at the Chicago Auto Show .
Sentence for McArthur means he'll never see daylight
Shelly Kinsman, right, leaves the Toronto Courthouse after the sentencing. "I'm not happy with it, not happy at all with it". Many in the LGBTQ community say it's a slap in the face, a failure to send a clear signal that their lives matter.
Knicks to part ways with disgruntled Enes Kanter
With head coach David Fizdale focusing on youth, it will be interesting how Jordan fits into New York's plans moving forward. The Knicks have been trying to move Kanter for a few weeks, but his contract made things hard , according to the report.
Jaguar Land Rover suffers massive fourth-quarter loss
This is expected to result in a one-time exceptional redundancy cost of around £200 million for the luxury unit of Tata Motors. Changes in market conditions, especially in China, technology disruptions and rising cost of debt resulted in the charge.