NASA declares that SpaceX is ready to fly its first crewed mission

  • Early on Thursday, SpaceX began the process of rolling its
    Falcon 9 rocket out to the launch pad. [credit: NASA ]

On Thursday and Friday, senior managers from NASA, SpaceX, and
the space agency’s international partners held long meetings to
review all of the aspects of an upcoming flight of the Falcon 9
rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft.

These discussions must have went well, because on Friday
afternoon NASA officials emerged with a clear message: “There are
no significant issues,” saidNASA Associate Administrator Steve
Jurczyk, who led the meetings behind closed doors at Kennedy Space
Center. “In the end, it was a very clean review. We are ready to
launch.”

The flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, carrying Doug Hurley
and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station, is set to begin
at 4:33pm ET (20:33 UTC) on Wednesday, May 27. It will be the first
orbital launch of humans from the United States since July, 2011,
when the space shuttle made its final flight. NASA paid SpaceX to
develop this transportation system, and will serve as its primary
customer. This commercial arrangement
has saved
NASA billions of dollars.

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NASA declares that SpaceX is ready to fly its first crewed
mission