SpaceX will launch astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time on Thursday.
Not one, not two, but four astronauts will be transported to space by SpaceX shuttle, and the event will be live-streamed.
SpaceX, one of two companies based in San Francisco, California that specialize in the reusable launch and landing technologies, has recently announced plans to fly astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) using its new reusable unmanned aerial vehicle.
This innovative approach to space travel will pave the way for faster and more frequent international spaceflights. It also presents a better alternative to the expensive one-way missions that rely on solid-fueled rocket engines.
The Crew-2 flight will be the first time humans have flown on a Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon capsule, both of which have previously flown. All four astronauts have already traveled to space.
Shane Kimbrough, the mission’s commander and the pilot of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft that will transport the astronauts, is among them.
The spacecraft will be piloted by Megan McArthur, the second-in-command. It would be her first trip to the space station. She spent nearly 13 days in 2009 on a flight to service the Hubble Space Telescope onboard the space shuttle Atlantis. The mission will be Akihiko Hoshide’s third time onboard the ISS, according to the Japanese space agency JAXA. I believe that was the last time he went there.
Thomas Pesquet is one of the four astronauts has spent a total of 196 days in space, astronaut of European Space Agency (ESA).
The astronauts will lift the Dragon capsule on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Launch Pad 39A at the NASA-based Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX says on Thursday, 22 April it’ll start at 6:11 EDT and aim to launch a window.
The space company said on Friday, 5.49 a.m. EDT was supposed to launch a backup window. If the launch of Thursday is going forward, Crew 2 will dock at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Friday with the International Space Station.
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According to Musk, he and co-workers designed and built the booster using mostlyoff-the-shelf parts. Materials used in the construction of the vehicle include stainless steel, aluminum, composites, and carbon fiber, and they use the most robust materials possible to guarantee that the booster can withstand the immense G force of re-entry.
The vehicle will not be able to deploy and reach orbit without an onboard battery of batteries. Although the design was originally intended to be one small reusable booster, Musk says that with careful modification, it will be able to fit into the payload fairing of the upcoming Space Shuttle.
A reusable launch vehicle will allow a company to make its own journeys to space and back and will cut down on the expense of launching cargo and supplies into space. Such a system would not only benefit NASA but also private companies such as yours, which want to take advantage of the same technology.
In the future, reusable space vehicles may be used for ferrying crews to and from the International Space Station as well as delivering supplies to the Moon and Mars.
Such a system would drastically cut down on the number of launches necessary to service the space station and reduce the number of expensive fuel launches required to keep it operating.