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SpaceX Scheduled to Launch Crew Dragon Craft in First Test Flight

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Sandra Phillips | 02 March, 2019, 10:27

We've seen SpaceX's Crew Dragon hurdle multiple delays and survive the scrutiny of a flight readiness review, and now we're finally ready to watch the capsule escape from this planet with the help of a Falcon 9 rocket.

That would be a really big deal for the US, as NASA retired its shuttles in 2011 and has since relied on the Russians to provide ISS ferrying services. "And I'm pretty sure it's not just me, I think everybody within SpaceX feels this and wants to get this right".

Visit Space.com tonight for complete coverage of SpaceX's Crew Dragon Demo-1 mission.

This time, when the Falcon 9 lifts off from Kennedy Space Center, it will carry the Crew Dragon and a sole astronaut to the International Space Station.

Vladimir Solovyev, the mission control flight director for Russia's mission to the International Space Station (ISS), gave instructions to the station commander, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, on actions during the planned docking of the US Crew Dragon vehicle to the station's US segment.

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket are positioned inside the company's hangar at Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on December 18, 2018.

The Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) mission will cost United States dollars 42 million and is planned to launch in August 2022, attached to the exterior of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS).

Saturday's eagerly-anticipated launch is the first under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

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Ripley will wear the same, white SpaceX spacesuit that astronauts will in future missions.

After the shuttle program was shuttered in 2011 after a 30-year run, NASA began outsourcing the logistics of its space missions. Ripley is similar to Starman, which blasted off past year in the driver's seat of Musk's red Tesla convertible, on a test launch of the company's bigger Falcon Heavy rocket. The liftoff scheduled is for 2:49 a.m. - yes, that's very early Saturday morning.

The capsule will remain docked at the ISS for five days before returning to Earth to land in the Atlantic Ocean for recovery.

If all goes well, SpaceX's Crew Dragon could be the first American spacecraft to ferry astronauts to space from US soil since the last Space Shuttle mission in 2011 - and Ripley is getting a first taste of what that'll feel like.

NASA said then the first Crew Dragon test flight would happen in November, with Starliner's maiden voyage happening in late 2018 or early 2019.

The uncrewed flight, or Demo-1 mission, will provide SpaceX an opportunity the demonstrate the reliability of its rocket launch system and the safety of its crew module.

It will be the first commercial crew mission to visit the ISS.

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