SpaceX's Crew Dragon 'safe enough' to fly Russian cosmonauts, Roscosmos chief says
Russian cosmonauts will be allowed to fly to the International Space Station on SpaceX's Crew Dragon space capsule in the future as the technology has now proved to be sufficiently safe and reliable, the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos said.space.com
The toilet fan on SpaceX's Inspiration4 mission malfunctioned, setting off an alarm, and the all-civilian crew had to be coached on how to fix it
Toilets in space have fans to ensure waste goes in the right direction - but the fan on the Inspiration4 mission malfunctioned, a crew member said.news.yahoo.com
SpaceX Dragon is launching big science haul to space station for astronaut health, plant stress and more
The next SpaceX resupply launch to the International Space Station, scheduled for Saturday (Aug. 28), will carry a bevy of science payloads to the astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory.space.com
SpaceX's Crew-2 astronaut mission for NASA: Live updates
SpaceX's next crewed launch for NASA will launch four astronauts to the International Space Station on the Crew-2 mission on April 22. Liftoff is set for 6:11 a.m. EDT (1011 GMT). Known as Crew-2, the mission will mark SpaceX's third crewed spaceflight and will ferry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet on a six-month mission to the space station.Space.com will bring you all the latest updates on the Crew-2 mission here. Crew-2 astronauts | Webcasts |SpaceX | Crew Dragon | Falcon 9space.com
WATCH LIVE: SpaceX to launch SXM-7 mission from Florida
A Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Launch Complex 40 with the SiriusXM-7 satellite ready for launch. (Image: SpaceX)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX is preparing for the launch of the SXM-7 mission from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral. The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster supporting this launch previously supported Crew Dragon’s first flight to the International Space Station (Demo-1), launch of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission and four Starlink launches in 2020. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9′s first stage on the “Just Read the Instructions” droneship, which will be located in the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX said half of Falcon 9′s fairing previously supported the ANASIS-II mission in July 2020.
SpaceX launches 2nd crew, regular station crew flights begin
It is due to reach the space station late Monday and remain there until spring. Even the two astronauts on the first SpaceX crew flight stayed behind at Johnson Space Center in Houston. “I didn’t start breathing until about a minute after it took off,” Pence said during a stop at SpaceX Launch Control to congratulate the workers. The first-stage booster is expected to be recycled by SpaceX for the next crew launch. NASA turned to private companies to haul cargo and crew to the space station, after the shuttle fleet retired in 2011.
’Anything is possible’: Hear from the first astronauts to take off from American soil in nine years
SpaceX developed the Crew Dragon, which Hurley and Behnken named, “Endeavour,” that launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket. The Crew Dragon and Falcon 9 launched Saturday, May 30th at 2:22 p.m. following a scrub on Wednesday. Back at Space Station, docking through the front of Space Station where Shuttle used to dock. We flew directly over the International Space Station just two minutes before launch. “And Chris had a note, ’Don’t forget to take it to Earth with Crew Dragon.”Hurley said that flag represents bringing launches back to American soil.
Relive the launch: NASA, SpaceX launch astronauts from US soil for the first time in a decade
MERRITT ISLAND, Florida A SpaceX rocket and spacecraft carrying two NASA astronauts soared into outer space Saturday marking the first time humans have traveled into Earth's orbit from US soil in nearly a decade. The United States hasn't launched its own astronauts into space since the Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011. SpaceX has been working on the Crew Dragon spacecraft for 15 years. The launch of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft has moved forward despite the Covid-19 pandemic, which has shuttered both private and government operations across the US. Bridenstine, for example, hopes to rely heavily on private-sector partnerships to accomplish the space agency's ambitious goal of landing US astronauts on the moon in 2024.
How to watch the historic astronaut launch with your children: There’s an invaluable lesson here
If it goes off as planned, this will mark the first mission involving astronauts from U.S. soil since 2011. Still, NASA astronaut Bob Behnken has said he and Doug Hurley are “really comfortable” with the risks. So you’re making educated guesses, at best.”It seems there’s just more uncharted territory when it comes to space travel. “The first astronauts really started out as test pilots,” Garfinkle said. But assuming this launch goes well, “It would be great for kids to see a successful, triumphant moment of science,” Fink said.
SpaceX-NASA launch: What to know ahead of Saturday’s scheduled flight
And yes, the Crew Dragon does have a toilet — just in case. But one astronaut who worked on the Crew Dragon program said he has seen the design and said the accommodations are "perfectly adequate for that task." Officials in both countries have held up their symbiotic relationship on the International Space Station as a beacon of post-Cold War cooperation. NASA officials said Russia and Japan, another ISS partner, both joined discussions for a Crew Dragon safety review last week. Each Crew Dragon spacecraft could also make multiple trips to space, the company has suggested.
NASA to launch astronauts to space station from US soil for the first time in a decade
NASA announced Friday that SpaceX will launch astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on a mission to the International Space Station on Wednesday, May 27 at 4:32 p.m. "But NASA is continuing to press ahead with Commercial Crew because there is a profound obligation to keep space station operational." NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan returned from their stay on the space station aboard a Russian spacecraft on Friday. The Crew Dragon mission in May, dubbed Demo-2, will be the final test for Crew Dragon before NASA transitions to operational crewed flights to the space station using the spacecraft. SpaceX and Boeing have both announced plans to fly tourists aboard the spacecraft alongside NASA astronauts.
SpaceX signs deal to fly 4 space tourists around Earth in about two years
SpaceX will fly four privately-paying space tourists to orbit in its Crew Dragon capsule, the company unveiled on Tuesday. The customers will be brokered through Space Adventures, a company that’s flown private citizens to the International Space Station using Russian spacecraft. The firm said this Crew Dragon mission will allow four individuals to “see planet Earth the way no one has since the Gemini program” of the 1960s. Crew Dragon is a capsule SpaceX has been developing for NASA. The spacecraft is built to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, a capability the U.S. has lacked for nearly a decade.