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".
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.
"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.
United States merger to create sixth largest bank
In a CNBC interview, executives said the merger would allow them to invest more heavily in new technology demanded by customers. They said that when they combine, they'll have top-three market share in eight states. "These are both very clean banks".
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.
Amazon reportedly rethinking HQ2 in New York City
Andrew Cuomo framed the original announcement as a tremendous job creation opportunity for the entire New York region. One of the twenty finalists for HQ2 was Newark, New Jersey, just across the border from New York City.
The best Moto G7 deals
The G7 still features a Snapdragon 632 chipset but it is paired with 4GB of RAM while there is 64GB of expandable storage onboard. The G7 Play was released today in Brazil and Mexico and it will launch at some point in the next month in the USA for just $199.