Ripley, the SpaceX test dummy, is buckled in and ready for launch

Ripley, the SpaceX test dummy, is buckled in and ready for launch

Ripley, the SpaceX test dummy, is buckled in and ready for launch

The Crew Dragon capsule, which is designed for astronauts, will not be carrying any human crew when it makes its journey to the International Space Station.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, billionaire Elon Musk will be nervously watching the skies as his rocket company SpaceX attempts its first launch of the Crew Dragon spaceship.

The sky over the launch site was clear Friday, with meteorologists saying there was an 80 percent chance of conditions being favorable overnight.

On Wednesday night, program officials announced a successful initial safety check and confirmed the timing of the historic test flight. The current schedule calls for SpaceX's first crewed launch of the Crew Dragon to occur in July, and for Boeing's first crewed Starliner launch to take place no earlier than August.

"We instrumented the crap out of that vehicle", said Kathy Lueders, the manager of NASA's Commercial Crew program. "Obviously It's something that we have to practice in preparation for actual crew flight, to make sure that we are fast on the right spot, that we have all the potential medical attention at the right time", Koenigsmann said. "We always learn from tests". Because both companies are behind schedule, there is added pressure for a flawless test flight. Crew Dragon will be able to dock on its own.

This new video shows us the interior of the Crew Dragon, but that's something we've actually already seen in the past.

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Summer and fall came and went with neither spacecraft leaving the ground.

Demo-1 will mark a serious step forward for NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which involves SpaceX and Boeing working to launch astronauts from United States soil. NASA and its astronauts rely on Russian rockets and crew capsules to get to and from the ISS - an agreement with Roscosmos that ends in early 2020.

Since the shuttle Atlantis returned to earth on July 21, 2011, no United States astronaut has blasted off from American soil to go to the worldwide.

The launch called Demo-1 is created to test avionics, docking, solar arrays, communications and environmental controls among other things.

"We'll measure the responses on the human body, obviously, and measure the environment".

The Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) mission will cost $42 million and is planned to launch in August 2022, attached to the exterior of the Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS), the U.S. space agency said in a statement on Tuesday. During the flight, engineers will test a variety of systems and components: the module's environmental control systems, solar arrays, electrical power systems, communication systems, propulsion systems and more. Next week, the craft will de-orbit and splash down into the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast, where it will be promptly retrieved by SpaceX.

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