Trump to attend Florida launch of SpaceX flight: White House

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 24, 2020

The agency is set to blast off two astronauts on a SpaceX flight into orbit.

It will be the first time a private company, rather than the national government, sends astronauts into orbit.

In ordinary times, the beaches and roads along Florida's Space Coast would be packed with people eager to witness the first astronaut launch from Florida in nine years. Before leaving for Florida, Hurley said: "It's an incredible time for Nasa and the space programme as it again launches USA crews from Florida, hopefully in just a week from now".

Astronaut Rex Walheim on Saturday expressed confidence that NASA's partnership with SpaceX will help the US reach new frontiers in space.

NASA's administrator Jim Bridenstein echoed the astronauts' sentiments at a later news briefing Friday.

Now, with the launch fast approaching, it's an all-hands-on-deck scenario for SpaceX and NASA staff at Kennedy.

US-Russia cooperation is not expected to end once Crew Dragon goes into service. He served in the Navy as a fighter pilot and trained to fly on F/A-18 Hornet and became a test-pilot in 1997. He was selected to be an astronaut in the year 2000. In about 24 hours, Crew Dragon will be in position to rendezvous and dock with the space station.

Should the launch be successful, Nasa will end its dependence on Russian Federation and the use of Soyuz rockets for sending and receiving astronauts into orbit.

The demonstration mission will mark the first time USA astronauts have been sent into orbit from US soil since NASA retired the space shuttle fleet in 2011.

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Trump to visit Florida for SpaceX launch with NASA astronauts

The last time the USA sent Americans into space on US equipment and from US soil was in July of 2011, during the last Space Shuttle flight. (Gregg Newton/AFP via Getty Images) A Falcon 9 SpaceX heavy rocket lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla on February 6, 2018.

Image 2 of 8NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken during launch dress rehearsal activities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 23, 2020. In total, 38 Americans have flown on 35 launches since 2011.

The space shuttle programme was retired four decades after it began service, a prime reason was the high cost of maintenance. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that wasn't easy. From the development of reusable rockets to designing the Crew Dragon capsule, the company has grown leaps and bounds.

Jurczyk cited the example of the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule's parachute system, which had to be reworked and retested to satisfy NASA's safety margin requirements. Once in orbit, the crew and SpaceX mission control will verify the spacecraft is performing as intended by testing the environmental control system, the displays and control system and the maneuvering thrusters, among other things.

The standard practice joint FRR that occurs ahead of any crew launch comes after a series of previously held independent specialized reviews - such an engineering review of the Crew Dragon capsule and a flight test rate review led by Kathy Lueders and the Commercial Crew Program team.

The new mission, deemed Demo-2, is "the final major step" to certify Crew Dragon for lengthy missions to the station.

"We're asking people not to travel to the Kennedy Space Center, and I will tell you, that makes me sad to even say it", Bridenstine said at a May 1 media briefing about the mission, saying that he was concerned that a mass gathering could spread COVID-19. The launch is scheduled for May 27th at 4:33 p.m. EDT. After 2.5 minutes of the liftoff, SpaceX will perform the first-stage booster separation on the Falcon 9.

"I hope the nation can look at this and recognize that this is something that we are still going to accomplish, this is still something that we are still going to be successful at and we're going to do it in the face of the pandemic", he added.

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