SpaceX gets one step closer to the top of its manned space launches
Official page of the company SpaceX in the "Twitter" reports that after the completion of thermal vacuum and acoustic test spacecraft Crew Dragon arrived at Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA). This means that SpaceX start the final training device for its first test run. He will be unmanned. As part of the Mission Demonstration Mission-1 (or DM-1) SpaceX will send Crew Dragon to the International Space Station. The launch is scheduled for next month.
Crew Dragon arrived in Florida this week ahead of its first flight after completing thermal vacuum and acoustic testing at @NASA 's Plum Brook Station in Ohio. https://t.co/xXJE8TjcTr pic.twitter.com/lr0P95zzIK
- SpaceX (@SpaceX) July 12, 2018
Will SpaceX and NASA space agency to avoid startup delays - the question. Now, when the spacecraft arrived at Cape Canaveral, install it on the carrier rocket Falcon 9, and then hold the final training and testing. The official launch date will be announced the results of these checks.
As part of a space mission DM-1 is planned for launch to the ISS unmanned. Crew Dragon remain docked to the station for several weeks, then return back to Earth. After that, to check the security systems and life support SpaceX is going to carry out the test on the scheduled interrupt start Crew Dragon. Again unmanned. If all goes well, the company will begin preparations for the first manned mission DM-2. At the moment it is scheduled for December this year. However, third-party experts agree in opinion that a manned launch of SpaceX, is not likely to take place this year. Since the closure of the program of space shuttles in 2011, the United States lacks its capacity to send human into orbit. Same International Space Station US astronauts have to fly on a Russian spacecraft. The US government, this situation is not satisfied, so the NASA space agency has signed contracts with private companies SpaceX and Boeing, so they have developed a manned spacecraft to him. Both companies already had escaped over the previously planned schedule. According to the latest forecasts of experts, no single device will not be ready for manned test before 2019.